This chili has always been great during football season--and the rest of the year! But I like to make it a little healthier by reducing the fat and sodium content. Sprinkle with red onion, cilantro or diced avocado (optional).

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Crumble ground beef and chicken sausage into a large stock pot over medium-high heat; cook and stir until evenly browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Drain excess grease.

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  • Pour in chili beans, spicy chili beans, diced tomatoes, and tomato paste. Add onion, celery, green bell pepper, red bell pepper, chile peppers, and beer. Season with chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, hot pepper sauce, basil, salt, ground pepper, cayenne, paprika, and sugar. Stir to blend, then cover and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, for at least 2 hours.

  • Taste and adjust salt, ground pepper, and chili powder in necessary, after 2 hours. Ladle into bowls and top with baked tortilla chips to serve.

Editor's Notes:

This recipe is a healthier version of Boilermaker Tailgate Chili.

Nutrition Facts

474 calories; 19.8 g total fat; 67 mg cholesterol; 1588 mg sodium. 44.9 g carbohydrates; 32 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (26)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2012
I made this recipe and the regular Boilermaker at the same time. I omitted beer and used broth instead because I don't cook with alcohol. Everyone loved both. More importantly the healthier version doesn't taste like you're missing out. Great option! Many thanks!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/05/2014
Bland almost inedible. I always make the normal "boilermaker" but wanted to save a few calories. When it tasted to drab I compared ingredients it literally lacks two from the other recipe: 1 tbsp of bacon and 4 beef bouillon cubes. I don't think those amount to 300 calories. I added that and like magic it was back to the old PERFECT recipe. Stick to that one folks! Read More
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36 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 27
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2012
I made this recipe and the regular Boilermaker at the same time. I omitted beer and used broth instead because I don't cook with alcohol. Everyone loved both. More importantly the healthier version doesn't taste like you're missing out. Great option! Many thanks!!! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2012
I made this recipe and the regular Boilermaker at the same time. I omitted beer and used broth instead because I don't cook with alcohol. Everyone loved both. More importantly the healthier version doesn't taste like you're missing out. Great option! Many thanks!!! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
11/24/2012
This has now become my "go-to" Chilli. It is rich and delicious. Full of flavours that make us ask for seconds and thirds. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2013
This is our chili recipe. Easy healthi-er and the fam loves it! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
03/04/2014
Bland almost inedible. I always make the normal "boilermaker" but wanted to save a few calories. When it tasted to drab I compared ingredients it literally lacks two from the other recipe: 1 tbsp of bacon and 4 beef bouillon cubes. I don't think those amount to 300 calories. I added that and like magic it was back to the old PERFECT recipe. Stick to that one folks! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2012
This recipe was wonderful! followed the recipe exactly but left out all meat and used dried beans instead of canned. great alternative for a vegetarian Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2012
Made this today and by far it has been the best chili that I have ever made!!! I used fire roasted diced tomatoes and ground turkey instead of the ground beef. Also I added chipotle hot sauce instead of tabasco sauce. The taste is out of this world!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/26/2013
Love the healthy version! Tastes the same as the regular boilermaker chili!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2014
Loved this recipe and may be my new go-to! I substituted all meat with pulled chicken used a combo of black beans pinto beans and chickpeas (since that's what I had on-hand) added a small can of corn and used a lot of sriracha to replace anything spicy. Super tasty! Gave four stars since I didn't follow recipe exactly. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2013
Super yummy! whole family enjoyed it! will forever use as my go to chili recipe. Read More
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