Recipe courtesy of Johnsonville Sausages

MVP Chili

While chili snobs will argue over what true chili really is, you'll be enjoying this amazing recipe that brings together many well-loved (if hotly debated) chili ingredients. The Johnsonville Italian Sausage gives the dish an extra boost of flavor and heat that will make all chili fans want more.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 12 cups, 6-8 servings
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2 packages (19 ounces, each) Johnsonville Hot or Mild Italian Sausage Links, casings removed

1 large onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 to 2 tablespoons chili powder

1/4 teaspoon cumin

1 can (12 ounces) beer or 1-½ cups beef stock

1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

1 can (16 ounces) red kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can (15.25 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed

1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen whole kernel corn

Salt and pepper to taste

Accompaniments: chopped onion, grated cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips.


  1. 1. In a soup kettle or Dutch oven, cook sausage over medium heat until no longer pink and lightly browned.
  2. 2. Add onions and garlic; continue to cook and stir until tender.
  3. 3. Stir in beer and allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. 4. Add tomatoes and tomato paste, cook uncovered for 8-10 minutes.
  5. 5. Stir in remaining ingredients and heat through.
  6. 6. Salt and pepper to taste.
  7. 7. Serve.