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Spicy Black Bean and Sausage Chili

An easy one pot chili for the busy cook or beginner cook that is part of one of my four day menu plans.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 6 to 8

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds lean ground beef or sausage (I like sausage myself)
  • 28 ounces of spicy smoked sausage links cut into cubes or sliced
  • 4 large garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped jalapeno (that's about one large jalapeno chopped including seeds because it's spicy chili!)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage
  • 1 and 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 and 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • One 15.5 ounce can organic black beans
  • One 16 ounce can organic pinto beans
  • One 14.5 ounce can organic diced tomatoes
  • One 15 ounce can organic tomato sauce
  • Salt and Pepper to taste (I use Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper)
  • Sour Cream (optional for garnish)
  • Green onion (optional for garnish)

Instructions

  • Brown ground beef or ground sausage in large pot. (I use my dutch oven)
  • Remove the ground beef or sausage from the pan and drain the grease from the cooked meat. Set the cooked meat aside.
  • Add the sliced smoked sausage to the pot and brown the sausage on both sides.
  • Remove the sliced sausage from the pot, drain grease from the sausage (I usually do this by placing my cooked meat on a plate that has a layer of paper towel on it - this helps to drain away some of the grease). Remove the leftover grease from the pot as well, leaving just about 1/2 tablespoon of grease in the pot.
  • Now add the garlic, onion, jalapenos, and sage to the pot. Let the veggies cook for about 1 minute.
  • Next add the chicken broth, tomato puree, chili powder, and cumin. Stir well.
  • Next add the black beans, pintos, and cooked meats back to the pot. Stir well. Salt and pepper to taste.
  • Bring to a boil. Then, lower heat to low and cover the pot with a lid. Cook for one hour on low heat, making sure to stir the chili a few times while it cooks.

Notes

Tasty Tips:
To decrease the heat level of this dish, remove the jalapeno seeds from jalapenos before chopping the jalapenos. The seeds makes the chili spicy.
Also switch out the spicy smoked sausage for regular smoked sausage to decrease the heat level.
Topping your individual servings of cooked chili with sour cream also helps to decrease the heat level at well.
Savory Savings Tips:
Check your cheaper local grocery stores for cheaper organic products. I shop at my local Aldi's supermarket for cheap organic products.
I like to let the chili sit for about 10 to 15 minutes before serving to let the chili thicken slightly.