Chef John's Italian Sausage Chili


This sausage chili recipe turned out with great results. I had added pork to ground beef chili before but never tried it with only Italian sausage. I added even more Italian flavors with cannellini beans and a hint of oregano. Garnish with sour cream, avocado, red onion, and basil.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 50 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ¼ pounds hot Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 ¼ pounds mild Italian sausage, casings removed

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • salt to taste

  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • ½ teaspoon chipotle chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano

  • 2 ½ cups water, or as needed

  • 1 cup tomato puree

  • 2 (15 ounce) cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed

  • 1 red bell pepper, diced

  • 1 green bell pepper, diced


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Cook and stir hot and mild Italian sausage, onion, and a pinch of salt in hot oil until sausage is browned and crumbly, and most of the liquid is evaporated, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in ancho chile powder, paprika, cumin, black pepper, chipotle chile powder, and oregano; sauté until fragrant, about 2 minutes.

  3. Pour in water and tomato purée; bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook at a steady simmer until sausage is tender, about 45 minutes. Add more water as needed and skim any fat that floats to the top.

  4. Stir in beans and bell peppers. Simmer until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Season with salt.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

599 Calories
38g Fat
31g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 599
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 38g 48%
Saturated Fat 13g 63%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1850mg 80%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 8g 27%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 32g
Vitamin C 49mg 244%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 5mg 29%
Potassium 705mg 15%

* 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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