Recipe by Chef John
"I've added pork to ground beef in chili before, but I've never tried it with all Italian sausage, and I loved the results. We Italian'd this up even more with cannellini beans and a touch of basil, but other than that, it's a fairly classic chili. Garnish with sour cream, avocado, red onion, and basil."
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1 1/4 pounds
hot Italian sausage, casings removed
1 1/4 pounds
mild Italian sausage, casings removed
salt to taste
ancho chile powder
ground black pepper
chipotle chile powder
2 1/2 cups
water, or as needed
2 (15 ounce) cans
cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
red bell pepper, diced
green bell pepper, diced
We really liked this - it does have a bit of a kick but the sour cream and avocado garnish help to tame it. I made this with Johnsonville All Natural sausage. I didn't have tomato puree so I used a can of diced tomatoes in sauce which worked great.
To cut down on the prep time, I sautéed the peppers in EVOO until softened, then added a spoonful of minced garlic to the peppers and cooked for an additional minute or so, & finally added the veggies to the sausage mixture. I let it cook for 15 mins instead of 30. No salt needed. This dish is really amazing the next day. WOW!
I was surprised to see Italian sausage instead of the traditional meat found in chili however this was a great mix of flavors and a hit at my house. Another winner by Chef John. I am becoming a huge fan of his recipes. Thanks much!!!!
I am usually not a chili fan, but I like this chili. Way better than the usual ground beef ones.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Chef John's Italian Sausage Chili
Serving Size: 1/6 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 339
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