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All american chili

 

All american chili

Prep Time: 20 Mins Cooking Time: 1 Hour 45 Mins Total Time: 2 Hours 5 Mins

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 whole jalapeño pepper (seeds removed), chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 whole bay leaves
  • 1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 2 (28-ounce) cans whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese

Directions:

  1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion and the next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeno) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.
  2. Add chili powder and the next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves), and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.