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Sausage and Beef Chili


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  • For the chili:
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 yellow pepper, chopped
  • 1 orange pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle beer
  • 3 (14 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • For serving:
  • shredded cheddar cheese
  • plain greek yogurt or sour cream
  • Fritos


Servings 6
Adapted from


Step 1

1.Add the olive oil to a large stockpot or Dutch oven set over medium high heat. When hot, add in the onion and peppers. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5 minutes, until soft. Add in the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until just fragrant. Next, add in the sausage and beef. Use a wooden spoon to break up the meat into smaller pieces as it cooks. Cook until browned and cooked through.
2.Add in the chili powder, cumin and oregano. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 2 minutes. Next, stir in the tomato paste. Add in the beer and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Allow the beer to come to a simmer and then add in the diced tomatoes (with all the liquid) and the three types of beans. Cover and simmer over medium low for about 2 hours, stirring occasionally.*
3.Add salt and pepper to taste if needed (I didn’t add any). Spoon into serving bowls and top with shredded cheese and a dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream.

*After the 2 hours, I turned the heat all the way down to low and allowed it to go for another hour (since we weren’t ready to eat). We thought that it tasted even better this way (as opposed to after just the two hours) since the flavors were able to develop even more. However, you can definitely eat this after the two - it tastes great that way as well.

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