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Steffie's Perfect Chili Recipe

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Stefanie Reed


pound ground Italian sausage (I use hot, but will use sweet if making for kids)
1 pound ground beef
2 cups chopped sweet onion
2 cups chopped green, red, yellow bell pepper
8 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cumin
3 Tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
2 bay leaves
2 cups Merlot or Red wine
2 cans Rotel, drained (green chili and tomatoes)
4 cans diced tomatoes, with juice
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can black beans, drained

1. In large dutch oven or stew pot, brown sausage and beef. Add onions, bell peppers, and garlic cook until onion is translucent.

2. Add spices, including bay leaves, and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. If too thick, add a can of tomato sauce. If too thin, add more tomato paste. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

3. Remove bay leaves. Serve with rice, cheddar cheese, sour cream, hot sauce and corn bread.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
Everybody loves a good chili! I have made many different version over the years and finally found this recipe which is a result of several recipes that I combined and tweaked. My brother entered this in a chili cook off in Kansas- and it placed second (behind a super spicy chili). I really like this recipe because it is favorable and mild enough for children's palate, but is easily spiced up if desired. The wine is crucial- brings out the flavor. Enjoy!




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