Apr 26, 2015

Chiliville Chili

Chiliville Chili from Karen's Kitchen Stories

This Chiliville Chili is so easy to make, and has just the right amount of heat to clear your head. You can have it ready in about 40 minutes from start to finish. It's also an ideal make ahead meal. 

It's Secret Recipe Club time again (the fourth Friday of every month for our group), and this time I was assigned Rebekah's blog, Making Miracles.  She has a fabulous index of recipes on her blog that I had so much fun exploring. I fell in love with this Chiliville Chili, which Rebekah also used for these chili cheese fries. Oh my!


Rebekah started her blog to chronicle her experiences as a surrogate mother, thus the name, Making Miracles. She writes about her experiences here. It's pretty fascinating.  She is a sweet soul. 

Chiliville Chili from Karen's Kitchen Stories

I had assumed the name Chiliville came from some restaurant where Rebekah lives and that this was a copycat recipe. Wrong. There is no Chiliville! Darn! I so wanted to go there! 

Actually, this recipe was originally developed by Johnsonville Foods, a sausage company from Wisconsin. I get it! Johnsonville..... Chiliville.  Regardless, this chili is delicious. 

Chiliville Chili from Karen's Kitchen Stories

You can top this chili with cheese or sour cream, or just leave it plain as pictured above. We ended up topping it with grated English sharp white cheddar cheese. So melty good. 

The only change I made was to add a small roux of one tablespoon of cornstarch and some reserved broth at the end to thicken it a bit. Whether you do this or not is entirely up to your preference.

This chili is also excellent wrapped in a toasted flour tortilla and topped with guacamole. Trust me. 

Chiliville Chili Recipe

From Making Miracles,  Adapted from Johnsonville Foods

Ingredients

1 pound Italian sausage (I used hot, but you can use mild or sweet), casings removed
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
4 small, or three large, celery stalks, chopped
3 large cloves of garlic, minced
About 44 ounces of canned diced tomatoes with green peppers and onions (such as Rotel)
2 cans (14 to 16 ounces each) of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
14 to 15 ounces of beef broth (reserve 1/4 cup)
1 six ounce can tomato paste
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp chile powder (I used chipotle)
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce 
2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 T cornstarch
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a 6 to 8 quart saucepan or Dutch oven, brown the sausage and ground beef over medium heat, breaking it up as you cook it. Cook it until it is no longer pink.
  2. Drain the extra fat. 
  3. Add the onions, celery, and garlic, and cook, stirring regularly, for 5 minutes. 
  4. Add the tomatoes, beans, tomato paste, sugar, chile powder, Worcestershire sauce, cumin, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes. 
  5. Mix the reserved broth and cornstarch to dissolve, and add it to the simmering chili. Cook, uncovered, stirring, until just slightly thickened, about 2 to 5 minutes. 
You can serve this immediately, or let it cool, refrigerate, and reheat it later. I think it is even better the next day.

27 comments:

  1. Chiliville sounds like an amazing place!! LOL! My hubby's favorite food is chili so I'm always looking for new chili recipes. I've never made one with sausage before! But it sounds SO good! Can't wait to try it!

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    1. Yay Chiliville! I'd never tried it with sausage either. My husband couldn't stop raving about it!

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  2. Yum that looks amazing! The weather has just turned chilly here so I think this might be on the menu one night soon. Great pick for SRC!

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  3. What a FAB recipe for reveal day Karen and such lovely photos too!

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  4. This is seriously good looking chilli, and great photos too. I love Rebekah's blog, and this was a great pick this month.

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  5. Great pick Karen - we loved that chili recipe; I haven't made it in too long but it sounds good! :) I'm so glad you enjoyed it; and oh my wrapped in a tortilla with guacamole??! YES please! :)

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  6. Darn I totally want to move to chiliville!

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  7. That looks so good! Had to pin it to try soon :) Happy reveal day!

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  8. And at 9 am I suddenly want chili cheese fries! Love! Happy Reveal Day!!

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  9. Maybe you should open up a Chiliville Restaurant. It is a great name!

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  10. The name alone makes me love this recipe! It looks delicious, can't wait to give this a try!

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  11. Funny how this post coincided with 2 aspects of my "kitchen/blogging life." First, I just joined the Secret Recipe Club, so I was interested to read how it works for you and how you explained the concept to your readers. Second, I happen to have a bunch of kidney and cannellini beans in my refrigerator and was just thinking about making chili - guess I won't have to dig up a recipe!

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    1. How cool that you've joined!!! How sweet that you wanted to see how I explain the concept. =) You're going to have a lot of fun in this club!

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  12. I love chili. And your recipe sounds totally delicious, I will make it, no question. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

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  13. This recipe looks great and hearty!

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  14. I love Rebekah's blog and have found some great recipes there before, too! This is a fabulous choice for the SRC this month - YUM!

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  15. I love a good chili! This looks delicious!

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  16. So delicious!! Tonight was pretty cold...perfect chili weather. Thanks for sharing!!

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  17. I love chilli...such wonderful comfort food! Yours looks amazing! Great SRC pick!

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  18. Happy Reveal Day~ Everyone loves chili:) Lynn

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  19. I love a bowl of chili, and if it is really spicy, even better!

    great choice for your assignment this month, Karen!

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  20. Oooh, I love that this has Italian sausage in it! Sounds like a wonderful, hearty meal.

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  21. yum! Chili is one of my favorite foods. Great pick this month!

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  22. I have never thought to put chili in a tortilla - genius!

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  23. This looks so wonderful. We're have a lot of foggy chilly days right now and this would hit the spot! And those chili cheese fries sound fabulous!

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