A hearty chili with a little kick and a German twist.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place the bratwurst into a large skillet with 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings over medium heat; cook and stir the bratwurst until the pieces are browned and no longer pink inside, about 15 minutes. Drain excess grease.

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  • Place remaining 1 tablespoon of bacon drippings in a large, deep pot over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion, green and jalapeno peppers, and garlic until the onion is translucent, about 8 minutes. Place the bratwurst into the pot with the vegetables, and stir in the sauerkraut, red beans, petite diced tomatoes, crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato juice, beer, salt, black pepper, cumin, chili powder, sugar, garlic powder, paprika, allspice, and oregano.

  • Bring the chili to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and stir in the milk chocolate until melted and dissolved. Simmer for 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

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Nutrition Facts

451 calories; 26.8 g total fat; 52 mg cholesterol; 2226 mg sodium. 36.2 g carbohydrates; 16.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (31)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
Wow! I made this chili for a chili feed and it turned out great! I tweaked it a little bit but the flavor was amazing! Definitely will be making it again and recommend to others. It was judged 4th out of 30 different recipes! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2011
I found this chili to have way to much tomato taste not enough of the other flavors. I wll try it again but will probably cut out the tomato sauce totally I will also reduce the salt. The only change I made in the recipe was to use rotel tomatoes instead of fresh jalapeno didn't have any. I was also out of paprika and only used 1 oz of chocolate. I dont' think those changes made a big deal. Read More
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39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
Wow! I made this chili for a chili feed and it turned out great! I tweaked it a little bit but the flavor was amazing! Definitely will be making it again and recommend to others. It was judged 4th out of 30 different recipes! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2011
Wow! I made this chili for a chili feed and it turned out great! I tweaked it a little bit but the flavor was amazing! Definitely will be making it again and recommend to others. It was judged 4th out of 30 different recipes! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2011
This recipe is really good! I wanted to respond to JanKrzyz whom reviewed this chili that that's great you love the chili recipe! Though if it's really good like you say you should give it at least 4 stars or 5 stars because browsing recipe-seekers will see that you only gave it one star and think the recipe is terrible (since you're the only reviewer so far). Just wanted to help you! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/11/2011
After hearing friends talk about a local chili that has sauerkraut in it and how good it was I decided to make my own version. My girlfriend and I put this recipe together on a Sunday afternoon and it turned out better than expected. I can usually buy bulk beer brat sausage from a local grocery but they were out. So we got the links removed the casings and broke them up real fine while browning instead of cutting into pieces. Going to enter this recipe in a chili cookoff in a couple weeks. We hope everyone enjoys it as much as we did. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/03/2011
This is a excellant chili recipe. Very good flavor. Made for a chili feed and can't wait to see what the other campers think about this chili. Will be making this many more time. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/16/2011
I found this chili to have way to much tomato taste not enough of the other flavors. I wll try it again but will probably cut out the tomato sauce totally I will also reduce the salt. The only change I made in the recipe was to use rotel tomatoes instead of fresh jalapeno didn't have any. I was also out of paprika and only used 1 oz of chocolate. I dont' think those changes made a big deal. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2013
This turned out really well. I entered it in a small chili contest and won 2nd place! I followed directions exactly as stated. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2011
This is wonderful!! Love the kraut in it and a nice spice to it as well. Perfect:) Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/24/2012
I took the advice of another reviewer and left out the tomato sauce and this recipe still turned out to be so salty and acidic that we could hardly eat it. I was so disappointed! I never get heartburn and with this it only took one bite! I love brauts and sauerkraut but from now on I'll stick to making them on their own! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2011
Made it for my friends.....absolute hit. The flavors are not what you are expecting when you put it in your mouth. They are so much better... Read More
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