My family loves homemade chili, but I was getting tired of making the same old thing so into the kitchen with determination I went in hopes to come out with something different and I did. The guys all loved it. My youngest son decided it was like a hot dip so he grabbed tortilla chips and helped himself! My husband suggested serving on baker potatoes, not sure about that one but who knows :)
Remove casing from the Italian Sausage and place sausage in pot over med-high heat. Add ground beef, onion and garlic. As it is cooking break the sausage into small pieces with a wooden spoon. Stirring frequently to mix and it helps with even browning. Cook until the ground beef is brown and the sausage is no longer pink.
Add the diced Italian tomatoes, fire roasted tomatoes,red kidney beans, Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste. Add the optional red pepper flakes if desired. Stir well. Cover and let simmer 30-45 minutes.