Southwestern Chili Panini

[tweetmeme] Suffice it to say Southwestern Chili Panini aren’t likely to win any sandwich beauty pageants. But while they might not be much of a feast for the eyes, let me assure you that your mouth will be very happy you decided to make them.

With the colder temperatures and football championships upon us, it’s chili-making season. I just tried a new-to-me chili recipe (posted on my other blog, Cooking On the Side) earlier this week and it was so flavorful and satisfying I knew the leftovers would make a terrific sandwich filling. I added in other favorite chili toppings – shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and red onions – and piled it all onto a hollowed-out sourdough roll. I could have stopped here and enjoyed a great sandwich, but taking the final step of grilling it allowed the bread to crisp on the outside and remain soft and piping hot on the inside. Sloppy, delicious heaven.

Southwestern Chili Panini

No specific ingredient quantities here – it all depends on how much chili you have on hand and how full you dare to stuff the bread. 🙂


Sourdough rolls, split lengthwise (don’t cut all the way through, to leave a “hinge” intact)
Sour cream
Red onion, sliced thinly into rings
Chili (I’ve got a good recipe on Cooking On the Side)
Shredded sharp cheddar cheese


Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Pull some of the crumbs out of the sourdough roll to make room for the fillings. Spread sour cream inside the bottom half of the roll. Top with red onions, chili and cheddar cheese. Close the sandwich and grill for 6-7 minutes until the cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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  1. Natashya wrote:

    Oh yum! The best winter sammie ever!
    .-= Natashya´s last blog ..Fastest Slowest Easiest Healthiest Breakfast =-.

    Posted 1.7.10 Reply
  2. Cookie wrote:

    I got a Panini maker for Christmas and can’t wait to try this recipe! SF has been really cold lately so chili is the perfect answer. I didn’t even know you had another blog! I love it!
    .-= Cookie´s last blog ..1, 2, 3, 4…We’ve Got Dinner Strait from Trader Joe’s! =-.

    Posted 1.8.10 Reply
  3. Kevin wrote:

    That chili panini looks nice and melted and good!

    Posted 1.9.10 Reply
  4. This does look delicious!!

    Posted 1.9.10 Reply
  5. lo wrote:

    Are you kidding? That sammich might not be photogenic, but it looks absolutely fabulous!

    We used to stuff chili right into the sides of uncut rolls, fill them with cheese, and bake them in the oven. Bet this comes very close to that without all the effort of hollowing out the buns!
    .-= lo´s last blog ..Leftover Bliss: Bánh mì Sammiches =-.

    Posted 1.12.10 Reply
  6. Sook wrote:

    I looked through all your panini recipes and they all look so great! I’m bookmarking them. Thanks!
    .-= Sook´s last blog ..Cheesy Baked Red Potatoes =-.

    Posted 1.13.10 Reply
  7. Stick-to-your ribs came immediately to mind when I saw your new recipe. Yum. It’s so cold here in New England — that sandwich would hit the spot. I’m a big fan of caramelized onions … which I think would be so yummy on your sandwich too.

    Posted 1.14.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      I agree! The sweetness of the onions would be wonderful with the heat 🙂

      Posted 1.14.10 Reply
  8. Cristie wrote:

    What a delicious looking sandwich! Love everything about it from the onions to the meat. I think we’ll be enjoying this during half-time this weekend!

    Posted 2.4.10 Reply
  9. Ingrid wrote:

    This looks like my favorite so far!

    Posted 7.20.10 Reply