Saturday, November 13, 2010

fall comfort food - healthy chili

hi all - i made this last week per pat's request for a healthy chili with lots of protein and if i do say so myself, it was really good!!  so for those of you who are lighting up the spiced pumpkin candle with the peppermint mocha in hand, perhaps wearing a snuggie in front of the fire, this recipe is for you to warm up your fall day :)

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  • 6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage (~2 sausages) 
  • 2 cups chopped vidalia onion (1 medium sized onion) 
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper (i used the whole pepper)
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound ground sirloin (lean meat)
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, chopped (i removed the seeds to remove some of the heat, but leave them in if you like extra spicy)
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste (i ended up using the whole jar)
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (i DEFINITELY used more salt)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion, and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeño) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.

Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.

Note: Like most chilis, this version tastes even better the next day.



  1. Yum! It's definitely that time of year, time for a big pot of chili!

  2. Yummy! I LOVE chili. The next time I make it was thinking about doubling the recipe like it seems to be here 'cause it never lasts long enough even with just the two of us.

  3. This sounds delicious! It just might have to be made tonight :))

  4. that sounds amazing! the hubs will def. like this. thanks for the recipe!

  5. Thank you for this recipe, yay! :-)

  6. take out the beans and I might just have to try this. :)


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