MVP Sausage Chili

Recipe creator's name:  dash
Preparation time:  20 minutes
Total time:  45 minutes
Servings:  6
  • 2 (19-oz) packages Johnsonville® Hot Italian Sausage Links, casings removed (Use mild links for a less spicy chili)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder, (use mild chili powder for less spicy chili)
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • 1 (15.5-oz) can black beans
  • 1 (15.5-oz) can red kidney beans
  • 1 ½ cups corn (frozen or fresh off the cob)
  • 1 (28-oz) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (12-oz) bottle dark beer (May substitute light beer or 1 cup beef stock)

1. Decase the sausage and sauté in a large pot; use a wooden spoon to crumble the sausage as it cooks.

2. Once the sausage is nicely browned, stir in the onion, garlic, chili powder and cumin and continue cooking until the onion softens about 5 minutes.

3. Add the beer (or beef stock, if using) and allow it to simmer for an additional 5 minutes scraping up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Stir in the tomatoes, tomato paste and allow it to simmer, uncovered for an additional 10-15 minutes on med-low, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper.

4. Finally stir in the beans and the corn. Let this come to a simmer and it’s ready to serve! This dish can also be prepared a day ahead.