I've added pork to ground beef in chili before, but I've never tried it with all Italian sausage, and I loved the results. We Italian'd this up even more with cannellini beans and a touch of basil, but other than that, it's a fairly classic chili. Garnish with sour cream, avocado, red onion, and basil.

Chef John
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir hot Italian sausage, mild Italian sausage, onion, and a pinch of salt together in the pot, breaking up sausage with a wooden spoon. Cook until sausage is browned and crumbly, and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes.

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  • Stir ancho chile powder, paprika, cumin, ground black pepper, chipotle chile powder, and oregano into sausage mixture; saute until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  • Pour water and tomato puree into sausage mixture, bring to a simmer, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook on a steady simmer until sausage is tender, about 45 minutes. Add water as necessary and skim any fat that floats to the top.

  • Stir cannellini beans, red bell pepper, and green bell pepper into sausage mixture. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt to taste.

Nutrition Facts

599 calories; 37.7 g total fat; 88 mg cholesterol; 1850 mg sodium. 31.4 g carbohydrates; 32.3 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
I loved this recipe, and whats nice is we changed just a few things instead of a trip to the store and it turned out spectacular! I used all hot sausage, 1-28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, and white kidney beans. We enjoyed the incredible flavour! He was right, such a nice change from beef. Chef John won't steer you wrong! Best chili I have ever made. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/06/2016
I live in Texas and YES your chili should have tomatoes in it. Lots of them. This chili wasn't even red until I added more tomatoes (and lots of hot sauce). Be better with green chilies as well. Not spicy enough. It WAS better the second day though. Read More
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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2015
I loved this recipe, and whats nice is we changed just a few things instead of a trip to the store and it turned out spectacular! I used all hot sausage, 1-28 oz. can of diced tomatoes, and white kidney beans. We enjoyed the incredible flavour! He was right, such a nice change from beef. Chef John won't steer you wrong! Best chili I have ever made. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2016
Awesome! Made a few variations of my own, however. Added 1b of beef with the sausage, a 28 oz can of diced tomatoes instead of puree, 1/2 can tomato paste, 1 4oz can green chiles, 1 glass of red wine, 1/2 tsp of Italian seasoning instead of oregano, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1/4 tsp coriander and along with the bell peppers I threw in about 8 or 9 chopped baby bella mushrooms as well as 1 can of fava beans with the cannelini. I made this for a superbowl chili cookoff and I placed in the top 5 and my crockpot was empty within an hour! Will definitely do this again, soooo good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/30/2015
This was amazing Chili. I used one can of canellini beans and 1 can of black beans. I couldn't find chipotle chile powder so I substituted one tablespoon of canned chipotle. Sprinkled fresh Cilantro on the top with shredded tex mex cheese avacado and sour cream. Another HOME RUN for Chef John. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2014
I am usually not a chili fan but I like this chili. Way better than the usual ground beef ones. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/28/2016
I made this for a party and it was gone in half an hour! I made a few substitutions but I think this recipe with its high sausage/bean ratio would be hard to ruin. It has a lot of "give." I used turkey sausage (both hot and sweet as the recipe calls for) an additional can of red kidney beans and used my own homemade chili powder (which was probably milder). We're making it again this weekend because my son never got any at the party! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2017
I love this recipe. It tastes great. It has a little burn but not so much that a little sour cream or cheese can't handle. I would recommend this recipe. Chef John delivers again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/08/2016
This is just what is says! A variation on chili and so worth the try. It is full flavored and a different change of pace from usual chili's. Adapt seasonings and liquids to your own tastes. I have this on the stove simmering now and the smell is nothing short of fantastic. Again it is Italian Chili. not Texas Chili not Midwest Chili nor Southwest. Each are all different. That is the best part - this offers you an alternative base and I highly recommended any of Chef John's recipes. He is well trained and not simply a home cook but he presents all recipes as easy to follow and just delicious. Trust me - this smells like it is worth bursting your comfort bubble. Delish! And no - true Texas Chili has neither beans nor tomatoes..... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2014
We really liked this - it does have a bit of a kick but the sour cream and avocado garnish help to tame it. I made this with Johnsonville All Natural sausage. I didn't have tomato puree so I used a can of diced tomatoes in sauce which worked great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/03/2016
New way to make chili with Italian Sausage.. It's wonderful so tasty and everyone thought it was terrific and want the recipe. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
01/06/2016
I live in Texas and YES your chili should have tomatoes in it. Lots of them. This chili wasn't even red until I added more tomatoes (and lots of hot sauce). Be better with green chilies as well. Not spicy enough. It WAS better the second day though. Read More
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