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  • Writer's pictureLisa Webb

Meaty Comfort Chili

This Meaty Comfort Chili has all of the flavor and comfort that you could ask for in a healthy dinner. This recipe tastes even better the next day!

You have several serving options with this chili. You could serve it in bowls, topped with a sprinkle of cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of fresh green onions. You could scoop it over freshly baked sweet potato. You could use it to dress up a serving of scrambled eggs. You could serve it, chilled, over a large salad. The possibilities are endless. Enjoy!

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What you need Servings: 12

  • 6 oz. hot turkey Italian sausage, loose

  • 1 yellow onion, chopped

  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper

  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced

  • 1 lb ground beef

  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded

  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar OR honey

  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin

  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 ¼ cups Merlot or other fruity red wine

  • 1 (28oz) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped

  • 2 (15oz) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained

  • Sour cream (optional garnish)

  • Shredded cheese (optional garnish)

  • Green onion (optional garnish)

  • Diced tomatoes (optional garnish)


1. Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ground beef and jalapeno to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.

2. Add chili powder, coconut sugar, cumin, tomato paste, oregano, black pepper, salt and bay leaves and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

3. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with the garnishes.

Nutrition One serving equals: 284 calories, 1g fat, 79mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, and 16g protein


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