Kimmy's Zesty Chili

Kim Crain Recipe

By Kim Crain Kim_Crain

Every cook has a special version of chili - here's mine. It's meaty and nicely spiced with just the right amount of beans. I love the way the beans absorb the spices and rich tomato sauce. Bon appetit!!! Kimmy

Recipe Rating:
 12 Ratings
Prep Time:
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Cooking Method:
Stove Top

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
We really liked the mix of meat in this recipe... beef and Italian sausage, oh my! Also, the addition of lime juice and honey sweetens the flavor a bit, making for a more mild (but still tasty!) chili.


1 lb
extra lean ground beef
8 oz
light italian sausage (casing removed)
5 tsp
minced garlic
1 c
diced red onions
1 c
diced celery
1 c
diced green pepper
1 1/2 Tbsp
chili powder
1 1/2 tsp
ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp
dried oregano
1 tsp
ground coriander
1/4 tsp
ground black pepper
1 can(s)
diced tomatoes (19 oz.)
1 can(s)
tomato sauce (14 oz.)
1 c
beef broth
1 can(s)
red kidney beans (19 oz.)
1 can(s)
beans in tomato sauce
3 Tbsp
chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 c
grated medium cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp
lime juice
1 Tbsp
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Directions Step-By-Step

Cook sausage, beef, garlic and onions in a large pot over medium-high heat until meat is no longer pink. Add celery and green pepper. Cook and stir for 3 minutes, or until vegetables begin to soften.
Stir in chili powder, cumin, oregano, coriander, and black pepper. Cook for 1 more minute. Add undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce and beef broth. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Add beans and simmer, covered for 1 hour. Remove from heat. Stir in fresh cilantro, lime juice and honey. Serve chili topped with grated cheddar cheese, if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: The Great Tailgate!
Other Tag: Healthy
Hashtag: #beans
  • Comments

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    Kitchen Crew JustaPinch - Jan 3, 2013
    I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
  • user
    cathy murphy msabbyk - Feb 17, 2013
    Hi I am curious as to what "beans in tomato sauce" are? I have never seen these in the store. What kind of beans are they maybe I could substitute?
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    Sandra Marrs sunnidaze - Feb 17, 2013
    What type of beans in tomato sauce?
  • user
    Judi Fotherby JudithIrene777 - Feb 17, 2013
    I always use HEINZ Baked Beans in Tomato Sauce...
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    Donna DeMarino DonnaDe - Feb 17, 2013
    I use any baked beans I have in my cabinet and then rinse them before putting in chile. If I only have white beans or any kind of beans in pantry, I just rinse them and dump in. This recipe sounds delicious! I just made chile yesterday but will try this next time, sounds wonderful. Thank you for posting!