Sausage Corn Chili Recipe

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Nicely spiced Italian sausage and crunchy corn distinguish this thick chili from usual offerings. "My daughter won a national contest with this zesty recipe," reports Rhea Lease of Colman, South Dakota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/4 ounces) whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup picante sauce
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 272 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 1118 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 15 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook sausage and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 5-10 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Sausage Corn Chili in Quick Cooking September/October 2000, p19

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Reviewed Nov. 24, 2012

"Very easy! I added sour cream at the end and it was delicious!!"

Reviewed Sep. 10, 2011

"I use 1/2 of a medium onion instead of the dried minced and substitute my homemade salsa for the picante sauce. We like the italian sausage and corn combo quite a lot."

Reviewed Apr. 18, 2011

"This tasted more like hotdogs with ketchup."

Reviewed Nov. 5, 2009

"I subsituted hamburger for sausage. it was a little dull, would try it again with sausage."

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