Italian Sausage Chili with Rice

Chili with brown rice. Excellent chili but a bit spicy.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
12 servings


  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 2 cups chopped bell peppers

  • 1 large red onion, chopped

  • 4 stalks celery, chopped

  • 4 small carrots, chopped

  • 2 ½ pounds Italian sausage links, casings removed

  • 5 (14.5 ounce) cans Italian-style stewed tomatoes, undrained

  • 6 cups water, or more to taste

  • 2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 2 cups kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 ¼ cups tomato paste

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice

  • ½ cup chopped green chile peppers

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; stir in bell peppers, onion, celery, and carrots. Cook and stir until crisp tender, about 5 minutes.

  2. At the same time, heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir sausage in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes. Drain and discard grease.

  3. Transfer cooked vegetables and sausage to a Dutch oven. Stir in stewed tomatoes, 6 cups water, black beans, kidney beans, tomato paste, brown rice, chile peppers, chili powder, chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 1 hour or more. Add more water if too thick.

  5. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.

Cook's Notes:

You can use any ratio of black and kidney beans equaling 4 cups total. White rice can be used in place of brown.

The chipotle in adobo is optional but adds extra taste to the chili.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

525 Calories
27g Fat
49g Carbs
24g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 525
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 1982mg 86%
Total Carbohydrate 49g 18%
Dietary Fiber 11g 38%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 59mg 294%
Calcium 203mg 16%
Iron 6mg 34%
Potassium 1186mg 25%

* 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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