Southern Style Chili Recipe
Today I’m sharing with you a great southern style chili recipe for my homemade chili. It might be a little different than most of the traditional chili recipes you’ve tried in the past, but we southerners like to see ourselves as unique individuals, and we sometimes enjoy swimming against the stream, so to speak. So how is this chili recipe different? For one thing, it includes corn and pork sausage. We southern folk love our pork and our corn! For another, it includes pickled jalapeno peppers, along with a little of the pickling solution. I really like the zing this gives the chili. And while many chili recipes use just ground beef, this one uses ground beef and smoked sausage. The resulting chili ends up being very meaty, which we love. If you don’t like your chili quite so meaty, you can add another can of kidney beans and another can of diced tomatoes to the chili recipe. If you don’t like hot and spicy chili, reduce the amount of peppers and chili powder. If you want more heat, add some green chilies.
For healthier chili recipes, you can use ground turkey in place of the ground beef, and turkey sausage in place of the pork sausage. The resulting healthy chili will be lower in fat and cholesterol. For a healthy chili with even more benefits, you can turn this into vegetarian chili. For vegetarian chili, obviously, you’d leave out the ground beef and the sausage. Instead, use Morning Star Farms meatless sausage and a bag of Meal Starters textured soy protein. It looks and tastes like cooked ground beef. In fact, I use it sometimes, and I’m not even a vegetarian!
Southern Style Chili Recipe
What you’ll need:
1 ½ pounds extra-lean ground beef
½ pound smoked pork link sausage, sliced thin
1 yellow onion, diced or chopped
1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, with liquid
1 can kidney beans, drained but not rinsed
1 can corn, drained
2 tablespoons ketchup
2 tablespoons pickled diced jalapeno peppers
1 tablespoon vinegar from jalapenos
1 tablespoon hot sauce
2 teaspoons Liquid Smoke
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Directions: In a large Dutch oven, brown and crumble ground beef, along with onions. If you use extra-lean ground beef, you shouldn’t have to drain away any fat. When the beef is done, add remaining ingredients and stir. Place lid on Dutch oven and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for at least thirty minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve in bowls with shredded cheese or a dollop of sour cream, or both.
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