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Kielbasa Chili Recipe

Kielbasa Chili Recipe

This combines the flavors of a chili dog in one bowl! I make it when I need a hot, hearty meal in a hurry. It's also great for football games. —Audra L. Duvall, Canoga Park, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min. YIELD:7 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, halved and sliced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) chili with beans
  • 1 can (8-3/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (2-1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained

Directions

  • 1. In a Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, saute kielbasa until browned. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 4-5 minutes or until heated through.
    Freeze option: Cool chili and transfer to freezer containers. Freeze up to 3 months. To use, thaw in the refrigerator. Place in a saucepan; heat through. Yield: 7 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 319 calories, 20g fat (7g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 1308mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 14g protein

Reviews for Kielbasa Chili

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MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2015

"I did what the other reviewers suggested. I sauteed the onions and garlice with the sausage. This dish is so delicious. My family loved it and so did I. Thank you for sharing the recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2015

"I made this using the suggestions of many of the other reviewers. I sauteed the sausage with chopped onions and minced garlic. I substituted one of the cans of diced tomatoes with a can of diced tomatoes with green chiles. I added a can of black beans which I'm glad I did because the one can of chili beans wasn't enough for my liking. I also omitted the sliced black olives. I simmered on low for 1 hour. My husband and I both liked it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 24, 2015

"A nice recipe, for sure. Kielbasa and Polish Sausage are not only delicious, but also very versatile -no matter how you prepare them. Slice 'em, sautee 'em, and add whatever you like into the pan w/them. Whatever you come up with will always be delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 22, 2015

"Easy, makes a ton and the kids love it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2014

"It was easy and delicious. I had all the ingredients in my pantry except the olives. I don't think leaving them out affected the taste that much. I will definitely make it again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2014

"I am always looking for a new kielbasa recipe so I was pleased to find this one. I took the suggestion of one of the writers and sauteed the sausage with onions and garlic. instead of the two cans of tomatoes I also used one can of Rotel. I simmered on low for a couple of hours. I added the corn and olives after simmering. I also added about a teaspoon of corn starch to slightly thicken the sauce. I let it set in the fridge overnight to enhance the flavors. The next day it was delicious. I look forward to finding more new interesting recipes."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2014

"Quick, easy and a husband pleaser! Just added onion, garlic and subbed the Rotel for one can tomatoes. YUM!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Made this for dinner tonight with turkey polish kielbasa and added the spices that one reviewer suggested. Delish for a weeknight meal!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"This actually was really good, just spiced it up,

Added, chili powder, garlic salt, minced onions...an cumin, let it simmer for an hour!!
Everyone loved it"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2014

"Different. Family enjoyed and cleaned the pot!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2014

"Ooooh Pretzeld!! Talk about nasty!!! fhquilting had the recipe to start with, made it, gave it a 3 star rating and tweeked it and found it to be a whole lot better. Looks like a lot of other folks tweeked it as well. Believe me, Taste of Home cooks are not the be-all end-all of cuisine. This is here to rate the recipe and that she did. Kudos to fhquilting. I feel sorry for you, it's sad that you would start off a new year with such criticism and negativity. Shame on you."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2014

"So good, Glad I attempted this. I did add onions and celery to the Kielbasa while it was cooking. Subbed black beans for olives. Delicious!!!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014 Edited Jan. 11, 2014

"What an awesome dish! My husband and I spent a nasty, wet day inside "undecorating" from the holidays. I saw this recipe and picked up the ingredients when I had to make a mandatory trip to the grocery store. It was so, so good on a cold, wet night! I used 2 lbs. of smoked Polish sausage and added a can of spicy chili kidney beans, as well as a small can of green chilies. I browned the sausage pieces in just a small bit of olive oil, along with a chopped onion. I let it simmer for about 30-45 minutes, and served it with sour cream and 4-cheese Mexican blend grated cheese. I also put a bowl of Scoops on the table to accompany it, as my husband likes to dip them into the chili and eat them this way. What a wonderful adaptation of traditional chili!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Wow, this was good. I needed a quick idea for lunch today and this recipe came on. I used polish sausage and put in black beans in place of the olives because one family member doesn't like olives. Also used one can of Ro*tel with one can of tomatoes because that's what I had on hand. It was so good and so easy and so quick to put together. Thank you, Audra, for submitting your recipe."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I love Kielbasa, and I loved the recipe.

For all of you, I stand behind Pretzeld's comments. As a person who has submitted several recipes...there IS A PERSON ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECIPES. My request to all of you is to try the recipe as is and rate it. It is totally unfair the change everything in a recipe and then give it a bad rating."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"To fhquilting. You rated your own recipe as 5 stars under Audra's review? How thoughtful of you to criticize her recipe and then brag about yours. Why didn't you just send in your own and let others rate it? I would love to slam yours and then tell others how it "should have" been made so it would have been edible. I feel sorry for you, it's sad that you would start off a new year with such criticism and negativity. If you check the other reviews you will see that only you thought it was so awful. Shame on you."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I thought it lacked deep flavor, so I made it again and added 1/2 chopped onion with the sliced Keilbasa. I subbed a can of Rotel for one can of tomatoes. I added an envelope of taco seasoning and 1 tsp. of cumin and 1 TBsp of minced garlic. Added can of drained and rinsed kidney beans. Left out the corn. Simmered, covered, for 30 min. Made it in the morning so that flavors could develop before dinner. Served it with cornbread. Topped it with green onions and cheese.Wow! I give my version 5 stars."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"Simple to make and warms you from the inside out on a snowy winter day!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I make this very often in the winter and fall for a fast yummy dinner. I usually always add black beans instead of olives and serve it with cornbread or Jiffy mix made into muffins. My family loves garlic so its a must to add some garlic salt or powder to the chili. Super Good Recipe and sooo quick to fix on busy days. A keeper recipe for sure!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 1, 2014

"I thought my first try at this was a raging success. I'm all into green chilis, so I added a small can of them. Proof of success was that there were no leftovers!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 8, 2013

"Love this and also substituted black beans for the olives and tastes just as good"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2013

"Good, easy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2012

"My family LOVES this chili!!! We add shredded cheese and sour cream to the top and serve along with corn bread. It's a college football must have!!!"

MY REVIEW
bjq
Reviewed Sep. 14, 2012

"Wow- This was really good! I was worried it would be really bland, but it wasn't. Only a few ingredients and a few minutes to make from start to finish. Made as written except my husband doesn't care for olives, so I added a can of kidney beans."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Sooooo easy! What I call "husband friendly" recipe- he made it with no problems at all. Might switch one can of tomatoes with mild rotel and add some pinto beans next time. I'll probably double next time, too. Two teenage boys tend to be pretty hungry."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"Making this for the 2nd time tonight... Very easy to throw together on a busy weeknight, and great with biscuits and a salad on the side!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2011

"I made this one night when I had very little time and dinner needed to be on the table. It was well-received and very easy. I served with corn chips and cheese."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 31, 2011

"Pretty good. Very easy. Great to have on a cold night with some crusty bread"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed May. 4, 2011

"I was looking for different ways to make kielbasa. I eliminated the olives because we don't like them and also left out the corn because I've never had it in chili. I opened both cans of tomatoes, but only used one because I didn't want it to be "soupy", plus there's only 2 of us. I served it with shredded cheese. It was okay, but we didn't really think it tasted like a chili dog. Sorry, probably not something I'll make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2011

"delicious flavor and so easy"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"Another little change - I use frozen corn and change the taste with different styles of chili beans (whatever I have on hand). It is always good - almost a no fail meal. Hearty and warm."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 18, 2011

"This is now one of our favorite fast week night winter meals! I like to change it by using different flavors such as Italian Kielbasa with Fire roasted diced tomatoes, or smoked sausage with Italian style diced tomatoes. Yum! Always a hit served with corn bread muffins or a diner roll."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2011

"Omitted the olives, also didn't drain corn as it makes the chili a little soupier rather than extra chunky. I love shredded cheese on top too!

This is one of our go-to meals, it is SO fast and SO easy and SO delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2011

"Very easy, and pretty darned good. My husband is very picky, and he actually seemed to like this and didn't complain. (:"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 28, 2010 Edited Oct. 20, 2015

"Updated post - I LOVE how much so many of you are loving this recipe! Can you believe that this recipe was actually an accident? Normally added ground sausage or 'whatever' and thought to myself - I have a whole kielbasa in the fridge and I LOVE sauteed kielbasa ever since I was a little girl... so spicy and flavorful. Yay! Thank you! Here is my post from a few years back... I was THRILLED then and I am still today - you are SO very welcome! Enjoy!

Hey, everyone! Wow! I submitted this in 2003 for a contest that involved 5 items or less. To tell you the truth - I actually add diced onions when I first saute the kielbasa and let it brown/sear while I open the cans. I like it spicy - so I also dust seasoning salt and chili seasoning (from a chili packet). Toppings are shredded cheddar with a side of fresh Jiffy cornbread. Such an inexpensive and filling meal that feeds a family of four for at least two days! :D I had no idea this was published and would love (Simple and Delicious Sept/Oct people are you reading?) to get a copy of the magazine article! :D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010 Edited Oct. 20, 2015

"Updated post - I LOVE how much so many of you are loving this recipe! Can you believe that this recipe was actually an accident? Normally added ground sausage or 'whatever' and thought to myself - I have a whole kielbasa in the fridge and I LOVE sauteed kielbasa ever since I was a little girl... so spicy and flavorful. Yay! Thank you! Here is my post from a few years back... I was THRILLED then and I am still today - you are SO very welcome! Enjoy!

Hey, everyone! Wow! I submitted this in 2003 for a contest that involved 5 items or less. To tell you the truth - I actually add diced onions when I first saute the kielbasa and let it brown/sear while I open the cans. I like it spicy - so I also dust seasoning salt and chili seasoning (from a chili packet). Toppings are shredded cheddar with a side of fresh Jiffy cornbread. Such an inexpensive and filling meal that feeds a family of four for at least two days! :D I had no idea this was published and would love (Simple and Delicious Sept/Oct people are you reading?) to get a copy of the magazine article! :D"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"it's alright ...it didn't have a overly amazin.....nothing I would go out of my may to make again"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2010

"I loved the recipe. I used Cattle Drive Chili and added a can of red kidney beans that I rinsed. I have taken the chili to neighbors and they have also loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"Oh my goodness was this easy and fast! i like very spicy so used spicy everything and added pinches of hot pepper flakes as well. Warm flour tortillas and melted cheese -- I had to make a 2nd batch it went so fast. yummy!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 23, 2010

"What a great change from Kielbasa & baked beans or saurkraut. I make my chilie from dry beans & freeze in zip lock bags in batches. Usually makes 3 batches. Defrost when I want it & add meat last. We are not corn or olive eaters so I omitted them. They loved it, even better than with hamburger."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"This is a really good and hearty fall or winter meal. It's really easy since it uses few ingredients. I will definitely make again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2010

"It was grrrreat, but the high sodium kinda scared the pants of off me a bit. I found low sodium/fat right along side the other kielbasa, and used that instead. I also added a can of red/pinto beans and some chili powder to it. The sausage gives it a very nice flavor, and in general this recipe has endless possibilities of adding what-ever you want to add to it. Very easy and good."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 18, 2010

"This is great for a weeknight - it'ts so quick and easy to throw together, not to mention hearty! My family enjoyed it... I added another can of chili (beanless because we have some non-bean eaters)."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 16, 2009

"My whole family wanted seconds."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Oct. 8, 2009

"I added a large can of corn before I realized it called for a small can, so I added another can of diced tomatoes and a can of chili beans about a cup of tomato juice and a teaspoon of chili powder. It filled the dutch oven nicely, and was still quick, easy and delicious."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Sep. 27, 2009

"I added a can of chopped green chili. Used the large can, as we like spicy and left out the olives, as I did not have a small can."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"This is good and easy. One thing I did was add about a teaspoon of brown sugar to tone down the acidity of the tomatoes. I also added a large can of corn, instead of a small can. We topped ours with shredded cheese and sour cream."

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