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Oct 21, 2022

Chiliville Chili

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.

Chiliville Chili in two bowls with a serving bowl in the background.

October is National Chili Month! Now that the weather is beginning to cool, enjoy a warm bowl of comforting chili. 

Ingredient Notes:

This chili is super hearty and meaty. It has a pound each of ground beef and pork sausage, along with onions, celery, and garlic. 

For the sausage, you can use sweet, mild, or hot Italian sausage. Johnsonville also has this bulk chorizo sausage that is pretty darn tasty if you can find it. 

All of the ingredients are easy to find and throw together, including diced tomatoes with peppers (Rotel), kidney beans, beef broth, tomato paste, and spices. 

Two bowls of Chiliville Chili.

Chiliville Chili?

This recipe is adapted with permission from Rebekah of the blog Making Miracles

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 with a bowl of cheese.

You can top this chili with cheese, scallions, and/or sour cream, or just leave it plain. We ended up topping it with grated sharp 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. 

This chili is also excellent wrapped in a toasted flour tortilla and topped with guacamole. It's also excellent served on a baked potato or for making chili cheese fries. 

Chiliville Chili in a white bowl.

How to Store:

This chili will store, covered, for at least two days in the refrigerator. In fact, you can make it in advance and serve it the next day. 

This recipe makes enough chili for a crowd (12 to 14 servings!) so it's perfect for a party. You could easily halve the recipe for a smaller dinner party too. 

Or make more and enter it into the next chili cook-off! 

More Chili Recipes You May Also Like:

Frito Pie Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken and Black Bean Chili

Instant Pot Spicy Turkey Chili

Chili con Carne

Slow Cooker Turkey Chili

Chili Gumbo

Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Chili

Can you tell I love chili?

Chiliville Chili in white bowls.

Welcome to our 2022 Chili Cook-Off! 

October is Chili Cook-Off Month! We have delicious recipes from across the country to get your chili making to the next level of deliciousness!

#ChiliCookOff is an annual blogging event that is hosted by Ashley from Cheese Curd In Paradise

Chiliville Chili with dinner rolls in white bowls.

Chiliville Chili

Chiliville Chili
Yield: 14 servings
Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
Prep time: 20 MinCook time: 35 MinTotal time: 55 Min
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.


  • 1 pound Italian sausage (mild, sweet, or hot), casings removed
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 4 small, or three large, celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 4 10-ounce cans 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 ounce can of low sodium beef broth (reserve 1/4 cup)
  • 1 six ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  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.
  6. You can serve this immediately, or let it cool, refrigerate, and reheat it later. I think it is even better the next day.

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Originally published April, 2015 and updated October, 2022. 

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  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!

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

  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!

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

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

  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! :)

  6. Darn I totally want to move to chiliville!

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

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

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

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

  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!

    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!

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

  13. This recipe looks great and hearty!

  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!

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

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

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

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

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

    great choice for your assignment this month, Karen!

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

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

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

  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!

  24. I desperately want this chili on sweet potato fries. How good would that be??!!

  25. I'm sure the pork sausage adds a wonderful depth of flavor. I had to laugh because I just thought chiliville chili was a creative name that you came up with.

  26. Ooh, I need to find the chorizo! Why am I now making up lyrics to the tune of "Margaritaville" only about chili?

  27. I am totally going with the chorizo. I even have access to some that is local and organic.

  28. I love all of the big pieces of meat and veggies in my chili and this is delicious!


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