Loaded Tex-Italian Black Bean Chili

★★★★★ 1 Review
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By Lanie Smith
from Topeka, KS

This recipe is ~hot~ with a surprising spicy fusion of Mexican-Italian flavors. Ladle it up with a tray of toppings to choose from. Let's get this party started!

serves 4-6
prep time 30 Min
cook time 3 Hr

Ingredients

  •   1 lb
    hot ground italian sausage
  •   2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  •   2 c
    chopped celery
  •   2 c
    yellow onion, finely chopped
  •   2 clove
    garlic, chopped
  •   1 (14.5 oz can(s)
    petite diced tomatoes
  •   4 Tbsp
    tex-mex flavor chili seasoning (1.25 oz pkg)
  •   2 c
    water
  •   3 (15 oz.) can(s)
    seasoned black beans, drained and rinsed
  •   1 1/2 c
    shredded italian cheese blend
  •   1/2 c
    sour cream
  •   1 pkg
    tortilla chips
  •   1 c
    fresh plum tomatoes, chopped and seeded (optional)
  •   1/3 c
    sliced green onion, green part (optional)
  •   1 large
    avocado (optional)
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How To Make

  • 1
    Crumble sausage into a large heavy non-stick pot. Cook on medium heat until browned. Remove with slotted spoon onto plate. Set aside.
  • 2
    Add oil, celery and onions to the pot. Saute for 3 minutes.
  • 3
    Next add garlic, tomatoes, and seasoning. Stir for 5 minutes. Then add water and black beans.
  • 4
    Cook for 1/2 hour on medium, stirring constantly. Cover and reduce heat to med-low. Cook for three hours, stirring regularly and mashing beans gently to desired consistency.
  • 5
    Serve, topped with cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips, fresh tomatoes, green onion and avocado slices.

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