I created this recipe from many fond memories of vacationing with my family as a child at the Jersey Shore. The smell of the ocean, the warm sun and sand, and the excitement of the boardwalk was a feeling beyond compare, not to mention, all of the fabulous foods we so looked forward to every summer! I decided to combine two of my favorites, a delicious Italian Sausage and Pepper Sandwich, and a Philly Cheesesteak into one wonderful meal...and that's how Boardwalk Chili was born! I hope you enjoy this recipe, and it brings back many wonderful memories for all of you, as it has for my family!
1In large pot, over medium high heat, add in 2 Tablespoons canola oil, onions, peppers, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Sautee for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
2Add in sausage, and cook/brown for approximately 10 minutes.
3Meanwhile, in another pan, add in 1 Tablespoon of canola oil, eye of round and 1 teaspoon of salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper, stirring to prevent sticking for approximately 10-12 minutes. Drain off excess fat.
4Add eye of round into sausage mixture with tomato sauce, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon oregano, and 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, stir together and cook over low to medium heat covered for approximately 1 hour.
5Heat cheez whiz in microwave safe bowl until melted (about 30 seconds, microwave temperatures will vary)
Pour about 1/4 cup (or to taste) each over plated chili, and serve with Italian bread slices. (Delicious spooned over top of bread). Serve immediately. Can be refrigerated and reheated.