Chuck's Super Chili


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.

Prep Time:
40 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
20 servings


  • 2 pounds hot Italian sausage

  • 2 pounds ground sirloin

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped

  • 8 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped

  • 3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin

  • 1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste

  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 2 cups Merlot or other dry red wine

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, drained

  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce

  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 (per serving)

282 Calories
14g Fat
18g Carbs
19g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 282
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 52mg 17%
Sodium 746mg 32%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 19g
Vitamin C 43mg 216%
Calcium 71mg 5%
Iron 4mg 21%
Potassium 629mg 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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