Beef and Italian Sausage Chili

This beef and Italian sausage chili is a wonderfully tasty chili. The Italian sausage really adds a lot to the flavor. It isn’t spicy. But it can be if you add a lot of hot sauce or use hot Italian sausage). The broth is flat-out crazy delicious. That’s what distinguishes a good chili from a great chili. This is great chili.

Beef and Italian Sausage Chili

This recipe actually changed my view of beef-only chili. Now, I almost always add Italian sausage to my chili. I found this recipe in Marje Lambert’s great cookbook, The Real Chili Cookbook. I did make a few minor changes for our tastes. Also try my version 2.0 of beef and Italian sausage chili.

Beef and Italian Sausage Chili
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Beef and Italian Sausage Chili

Fantastic take on traditional beef chili.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword beef, chili, Italian, sausage
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 329kcal



  • Crumble the sausage into a Dutch oven and cook over medium-high heat until cooked.
  • Add the beef and cook until browned. Spoon off excess fat.
  • Add onion, bell pepper and garlic and cook another 4 minutes.
  • Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook until beef is tender, about 3 1/2 hours. Add water (or more broth) if the chili gets too thin.
  • Season with salt if needed. Serve hot.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 485mg | Potassium: 652mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 802IU | Vitamin C: 16mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

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