More like 4.5 stars, as I've got pretty high chili standards. We make and eat a lot of chili, and have made this several times. This is one of our favorites...especially when we have time to make it. It has really good, complex flavor and like all chili, tastes even better the 2nd day after the flavors have a chance to meld together. It does take some time to make, with all the chopping and prep, but have fun and enjoy the process! I Made this along with Wazzu Tailgate Chili, and we kept flip-flopping as to which one we preferred. This will stay in the rotation. I admit this next statement isn't a news flash, but really, the quality/brand of the ingredients makes a huge difference as to the flavor. Chili Powder is a BIG one. I use Morton's and Bassett and Penzy's mostly. I get Italian sausage from an Italian market where it's made fresh. Canned tomatoes are really affect final outcome and I've found Muir Glen Organic and Hunt's have the best flavor (to our taste buds). If you like big chunks, the MG is the way to go. For people who prefer a smoother, less chunky texture, Hunt's petite diced is a good option. "Heat", is a personal thing, so adjust accordingly. I can't to a lot of heat, so I cut the proportions of the hot ingredients accordingly and omitted the hot sauce, otherwise, I could tell from the recipe, it would've been too hot for me. Really a great chili, beans and all.
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More like 4.5 stars, as I've got pretty high chili standards. We make and eat a lot of chili,...