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Chili Contest: Entry 2

Already week 2 of the chili contest has come and gone. After last week’s unique Italian-esque chili, I went with something more traditional.

Lynsey’s Chili from Lynsey Lou’s

1 lb ground beef (I used 92% lean)
1 lb sausage (I used TJ’s Spicy Jalapeno Chicken Sausage)
1 medium bell pepper, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 can Rotel
1 can tomato paste
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp garlic salt
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
Pepper, to taste
1/4 cup hot sauce (I used Louisiana Hot Sauce)
1 Tbs butter 50/50 Smart Balance Butter Blend
1/2 cup water


In a large skillet brown the ground beef and sausage.  Once cooked drain the meat and set aside.

In the same skillet add onions, bell pepper, and butter.  Saute the veggies until onions begin to turn clear.  Remove from heat.

Place meat and onions in crock pot or large pot and mix.  Add the beans, tomatoes, rotel, red pepper flakes, garlic salt, pepper, chili powder, water, hot sauce and tomato paste and mix together.  Once ingredients are incorporated turn crock pot on high (Or stove on low-medium) and let cook.

If you are using a crock pot; cook on high for about 1 1/2 -2 hours stirring occasionally.  For stove top, cook on low-medium heat for about 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serves 8.

Nutrition Information (per serving): 374 calories; 10.6 g. fat; 66 mg. cholesterol; 1427 mg. sodium; 39.6 g. carbohydrate; 13 g. fiber; 29.8 g. protein

Result: Mr. P and I agreed that this chili was really good. It’s very thick, hearty, and filling — 13 grams of fiber per serving, friends!! I’ve never made chili with hot sauce before, and I’m a HUGE fan of that flavor! Had I used regular sausage I think it would’ve tasted better, but it would’ve wreaked havoc on the nutrition status. I used low-sodium canned tomatoes, and drained the kidney beans…and the sodium is still outrageously high 🙁 This is an issue with chili and all the canned goods…not the recipe. Again, the high sodium can fit into a healthy diet with some finesse during the other meals in the day. All-in-all, a great traditional chili! 😀

For the Illini game last night, Mr. P got MORE Buffalo Chicken Dip. Is there a 12-step program for this addiction? I’m not kidding, people…he’s already talking about next weekend and buffalo chicken dip!

If you didn’t check in yesterday, BE SURE to visit yesterday’s post about Individual Pumpkin Spice Breakfast Cakes! If I weren’t committed to trying protein waffles this morning, I’d be having more breakfast cake, that’s for sure!!

Question: In your chili, what bean tops your favorites list? Kidney? Black? Navy? Chili? Canneillini? Pinto? Other?

I love chili beans!

Enjoy your Sunday,

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  1. September 12, 2010 / 9:58 am

    That sounds like a great traditional chili recipe! Yum!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. September 12, 2010 / 10:23 am

    Kidney beans for sure! Sounds like a super hardy chili. That’s hilarious how addicted your hubs is to the dip. I made it for mine last superbowl and I know he loved it too!

  3. September 12, 2010 / 12:23 pm

    I am a big fan of black beans in my chili. For some reason I am not the biggest fan of kidney beans…!

    Can’t wait to see more of the chili recipes.

  4. September 12, 2010 / 12:39 pm

    I love all beans, but I especially love chili beans in my chili. This looks like a great recipe!

  5. September 12, 2010 / 12:59 pm

    That looks lovely….very nice clicks…

  6. September 12, 2010 / 1:03 pm

    My mom usually puts in kidney and black beans in her chili. And I have to agree with Mr. P – Buffalo Chicken Dip is amazing! I can see why he has an addiction haha

  7. September 12, 2010 / 2:14 pm

    I like more traditional chili recipes, but I love the flavor of hot spices!! Thanks for the bone density post, I really appreciate it!

  8. September 12, 2010 / 2:17 pm

    That recipe looks delicious-thanks for sharing. I would have never thought to put chicken sausage into chili but I am totally diggin the idea!

    Growing up, my mom never put beans into the chili but now when I make mine I either put kidney or chili beans–yay for fiber!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. September 12, 2010 / 2:59 pm

    I’m not a fan of beans, but the chili sounds yummy. Wonder if I could puree the beans? Buffalo Chicken Dip is the bomb ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. September 12, 2010 / 3:47 pm

    Another great chili! My favorite beans in chili are kidney, but if I’m feeling adventerous, I like to do a mix of kidney and either navy or cannellini. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. September 12, 2010 / 6:56 pm

    I love the addition of hot sauce as well! yum!
    I love all kinds of beans in my chili…the more, the better. My favorite has to be black and kidney beans!

  12. September 12, 2010 / 8:26 pm

    Chili looks good again! I need to get a chili pot and soon!
    What’s Rotel? Kidney beans are my fav but would probably like any of them in a chili.

  13. September 12, 2010 / 8:44 pm

    Your chili posts are such a fun idea – this traditional one sounds so yummy!

  14. Tricia Adams
    September 23, 2010 / 7:36 pm

    We just made this tonight, with a couple of substitutions for things we had on-hand and it was delicious! For me it was the perfect amount of spicy. I already can’t wait to have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Nicole
      September 23, 2010 / 7:42 pm

      I’m glad you liked it!

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