This chili is slightly sweet with a touch of heat; the wine gives it a different taste. Everyone in my family loves this chili. I've won a couple of work chili cook-offs with this recipe and done well in some larger cook-offs as well.



Original recipe yields 20 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in Italian sausage and ground sirloin. Cook and stir until meat is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink. Drain and discard any excess grease.

  • Transfer meat to a large Dutch oven; place over medium-high heat. Stir in chopped onion; add red, yellow, and green bell peppers, garlic, and jalapeno peppers. Cook and stir until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

  • Mix in chili powder, brown sugar, cumin, tomato paste, oregano, salt, black pepper, and bay leaves. Cook and stir until fragrant, about 3 minutes more.

  • Stirring constantly, pour in wine, chopped tomatoes and their juice, kidney beans, tomato sauce, and chopped chipotle chiles in sauce. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

  • Uncover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaves before serving.

Cook's Note:

You may use sweet Italian sausage and reduce the amount of chiles to 1 jalapeno and 2 chipotle chiles, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

281.9 calories; protein 18.7g 37% DV; carbohydrates 18.2g 6% DV; fat 13.5g 21% DV; cholesterol 51.8mg 17% DV; sodium 745.8mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
Super duper! Left out the jalapeños so my family would eat it. Great chili! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
I love the flavor of this chili. The red wine adds an interesting flavor and the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce make it awesome! And hot...but they are hard to find at the store. When you do find them use only part of the can (the recipe calls for 3 chilis and there are usually double that in a can) and freeze the rest in a container for your next batch of chili because you will be making this again. I made 1 change to the recipe: I only used 1 pound each of the Italian sausage and the ground beef. I serve it with grated cheddar on top. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fabulous! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great flavor the red wine adds an awesome extra layer of flavor Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Super duper! Left out the jalapeños so my family would eat it. Great chili! Read More