Well there isn't much of a story besides I love chili and love to experiment with new recipes and making things up on my own, and this is what I came up with. My child loved it and I hope you love it as much as we did!
1First, you're going to need a large pot or a stock pot, and a frying pan for this recipe.
2Brown the sausage and the beef in the frying pan, either together or separately, making sure it isn't clumping up by chopping it finely with spatula. I also have used a fork and knife to cut it up while cooking to make it finer. Don't overcook meat, just brown it so there is no pink color. It's still going to cook more in the chili.
3Add 4 cans of tomatoes to the large pot, and add meat and all other ingredients. BE SURE to DRAIN the BEANS and CORN or it will be too watery. Cook for 3 hours (no good chili is cooked quickly - it has to simmer on a low heat for AT LEAST 3 hours if not more.) This way all of the ingredients get a chance to mesh together and create the delicious taste.
4The red pepper flakes are listed as optional - this is a very spicy chili if you use the red pepper flakes - but my child still ate it so it must be pretty good. I like spicy so it didn't bother me. I do recommend the flakes but you may want to scale down on them if you have a "finicky" eater. Enjoy!
5The multi-grain tortilla chips are to eat with the chili. My child likes to scoop it up with the chips. It's also a nice way to balance out the spicy flavor, the chips soften it up a bit. And, they are healthy!