Southern Style Chili Recipe

Homemade chili

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!

My chili recipe is super meaty!
My chili recipe is super meaty!

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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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

You are one fantastic cook, girl! Wish you didn't live so far away: I'd invite myself to dinner at your house for some southern cooking! This one looks good (just like all your others). Happy cooking!

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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This looks and sounds really good,health and different. And just in time for "chilly" (pun intended) southern nights.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Mary, if you're ever in my neck of the woods, give me a call, and I'll set an extra place at the table! I'm serious!

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jenubouka 5 years ago

Nice recipe habee! You must be feeling the weather here in the Pacific NW

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

habee, I'm going to remember what you said! See you, friend. Bet it's cold in "your neck of the woods". I remember freezing to death in Atlanta. Bye for now, Mary

amitav chakraty 5 years ago

madam , certain your chilli makes me feel chilled warm.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

rebecca, nothing like chili when it's chilly! lol

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Yeah, jenu - we've been freezing at night! It's been in the 40s! lol

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Which thing that I said, Mary? We're way south of Atlanta.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

amitav, I'm glad you're not chilly after reading about my chili! lol

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Hello, hello, 5 years ago from London, UK

Another fantastic sounding recipe. Thank you.

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habee 5 years ago from Georgia Author

Very welcome, HH!

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