I made some significant modifications to this to suit our taste and my review is based on those changes. I added 1 pound of ground beef in addition to the hot Italian sausage for a meatier chili. The directions don't mention this but you'll want to be sure to drain off as much grease possible after you brown the meat. I upped the amount of cumin to 1 teaspoon. I also omitted the tomato paste and instead added a 14 ounce can of tomato sauce. I was concerned the consistency would be very thin and liquidy with the addition of an entire bottle of beer and the tomato sauce adds some body. Most importantly, after everything is added, I brought the temp up to bring it to a boil then lowered the temp, covered the pot, and let it simmer for an hour to allow the flavors to blend, cook off a bit of the alcohol, and help the sauce thicken. It was VERY good with these changes and I'd definitely make it again. The Italian sausage adds great flavor!
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I made some significant modifications to this to suit our taste and my review is based on...