Touchdown Italian Chili for a Crowd

Touchdown Italian Chili For A Crowd

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Great to make ahead for tailgating, or for game day at home for a group. Serve with crusty bread or cornbread.


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20 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 1 pkg
    (appr. 19 oz) italian sausage links (mild or hot)
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1 c
    chopped onion
  • 3 stalk(s)
    celery, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 large
    red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large
    yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large
    green bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp
    minced garlic
  • 3 can(s)
    (14.5 oz each) italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can(s)
    (15 oz) red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can(s)
    (15 oz) garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can(s)
    (6 oz) tomato paste
  • 3/4 c
    sliced black olives
  • 1/4 c
    cream sherry (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp
    chopped fresh basil
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ·
    black pepper, to taste

How to Make Touchdown Italian Chili for a Crowd


  1. Grill or pan-fry sausages according to package instructions. Slice them lengthwise and then into 1/2-inch half moons.
  2. In a large Dutch ove or soup pot, heat oil over medium-high heat and saute onion, celery, peppers and garlic until tender, turning down heat if needed, to keep garlic from burning.
  3. Add sausage and remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.
    Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes.

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About Touchdown Italian Chili for a Crowd

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beans/Legumes
Regional Style: Italian
Hashtags: #potluck #game-day

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