Kimmy's Zesty Chili

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

★★★★☆ 12 votes
45 Min
1 Hr
Stove Top

Blue Ribbon Recipe

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


1Cook 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.
2Stir 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.
3Add 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 Kimmy's Zesty Chili

Course/Dish: Beef, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collection: Chili
Other Tag: Healthy
Recipe For: The Best Sausage
Hashtag: #beans