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Zesty Colorado Chili Recipe

Zesty Colorado Chili Recipe

Chili is a hearty winter staple up here in the mountains—especially for outdoor lovers like the two of us! —Beverly Bowman, Conifer, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours YIELD:12-14 servings


  • 1 pound Italian sausage links
  • 1 boneless pork shoulder butt roast (1 pound)
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 can (29 ounces) tomato puree
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained


  • 1. Cut sausage into 1/2-in. pieces. Trim pork and cut into 1/2-in. pieces.
  • 2. In a 5-qt. kettle or Dutch oven, cook sausage, pork and beef over medium heat, until sausage and beef are no longer pink and the pork juices run clear; drain, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings. Set meat aside.
  • 3. Saute onions, green pepper and garlic in reserved drippings until tender. Add the next 12 ingredients. Return meat to the pan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour. Add the beans and heat through. Yield: 12-14 servings (3-1/2 quarts).
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 272 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 58mg cholesterol, 410mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 4g fiber), 23g protein.

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NH-rescue User ID: 4255840 217229
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2015 Edited Jan. 9, 2015

"This was very popular! I used fire-roasted diced tomatoes and omitted the hot pepper. I also used a crock pot to finish the cooking once the meats and vegetables were cooked and sauteed."

mcclaw User ID: 7048583 10748
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2012

"I love this recipe I am making it for a Christmas dinner for my fellow police officers."

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