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Hearty Chili with a Twist Recipe

This thick chili is perfect for tailgate parties or on a cold winter evening. I like to serve it in bowls filled with rice, then top with crushed saltine crackers and shredded cheddar cheese.—Louise Jacino, East Moriches, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 6 hours YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground Italian Sausage
  • 2 large onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) Italian diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cans (10-3/4 ounces each) condensed tomato soup, undiluted
  • 2 cans (6 ounces each) Italian tomato paste
  • 1 can (8-1/2 ounces) peas, drained
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. In a large skillet, cook the beef, sausage and onions over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  • 2. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. Stir in the beans, tomatoes, soup, tomato paste, peas, chili powder, cumin, oregano, pepper sauce, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until heated through. Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup equals 318 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 1,353 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 19 g protein.