Yay, another successful slow cooker recipe. This sausage and beef chili was the first chili that my boys didn’t readily complain about and my littlest asked for leftovers the next day at lunch. My boys usually balk at anything that has more than 2-3 ingredients mixed together like a casserole or soup. So I was bracing myself for the “just try a bite” battle. It didn’t happen!! They saw the chunks of sausage and exclaimed, “yay this has sausage in it”. We enjoyed a complaint free meal. I think it helped that we were just at the ball field for two hours and they were hungry. Plus, anytime I serve a dish that involves dipping, e.g. corn bread, into a meal, it is acceptable to eat.
This chili is mild with a bit of a sweet flavor. However, it isn’t overly sweet, like my go-to chili, in which I add a bit of baker’s chocolate. You can always add a bit of spice by adding green chillies or jalapeno’s. However, I find that slow cooker recipes can get really spicy if you add jalapeno, so I would just add a bit of hot sauce when you serve the dish. The sausage gives the chili a bit more texture, than just using ground beef. I like to use two or more types of beans to my chili to provide more color and texture. In this chili, I used black beans (my fav) and white kidney beans.
I served this chili with grated cheese, fresh cilantro, and a dollop of sour cream. My homemade corn bread for dipping and slightly crumbled in the chili was a delicious addition. If I was more organize, I would also have served a green salad, alas, the green cilantro had to suffice for our green vegetable in this meal.
This is recipe is inspired by the recipe, Crock-a-Doodle-Do Beef and Sausage Chili in the cookbook, The Looneyspoons Collection, by Janet and Greta Podleski. I have mentioned this cookbook already. I love it. I modified the recipe by adding and removing some of the ingredients that they use to suit my tastes.
Bean are the magical fruit in many ways; they have many great benefits for your health, but they also come with the risk of embarrassing gas. I find that if you rinse canned beans really well, the risk of flatulence is reduced. If you ever make a dish from dried beans or lentils, make sure to change the cooking water often.
Enjoy this delicious dish. I will post the recipe to my cornbread recipe soon.