Recipe: Sausage Chili

Sausage Chili Recipe

makes 6 servings

With the winter season upon us, it’s the time us Midwestern folk enjoy some warm, comforting chili and soup recipes. While I’ve already shared some of our winter favorites such as the homemade chicken egg noodle soup, and my personal FAVORITE, corn chowder with chilies, this sausage chili recipe is the the best chili I’ve had in awhile.


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound chili-style ground beef or turkey
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1/2 pound Cajun smoked sausage, chopped into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 (12-ounce) bottle of beer
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 15-ounce can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15-ounce can yellow hominy, drained and rinsed
  • 15-ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 7-ounce can salsa verde

sausage chili

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking pray; add salt and beef to pan. Cook 5 minutes or until brown, stirring occasionally. Remove the beef from pan once finished.

Add onion, green onions, green pepper, and sausage to pan; cook for 5 minutes or until sausage becomes lightly browned. Add garlic and saute for 1 minute. Add beer and return beef to the pot.

Stir in chili powder along with remainder of ingredients. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and simmer 1 hour stirring occasionally.

Once the sausage chili is complete, serve and top with your choice of shredded cheese and/or Greek yogurt.

sausage chili recipe

Original recipe found at Cooking Light Magazine

About the Author

By , on Dec 5, 2012
Andy Tenton
Andy is a 30-something New Yorker who turned his financial life around. He took charge of his finances, got out of debt, and is now working his way toward financial success. He is the publisher of

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  1. Great chili recipe!!! I’ve never tried hominy before. In fact, I even had to goggle it when I came across it listed in a recipe not too long ago. Love your version here…sausage adds such great flavor!

  2. Eddie says:

    I think you’re trying to fatten me up!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Aww man, now I want to go out and make a pot of my wife’s chili.

  4. I’ll always remember the day I had venison chili. The person who made it did such a good job.. wow.. but sausage sounds just as good ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Another good one. I really enjoy these type recipes in the winter. Anything cooked in a big pot when it’s cold outside tastes that much better.

  6. Mmmm. Boy am I hungry now! Nom nom. Throw in a hardy hunk of bread and, booyah!

  7. Way to go mate, this looks good. The thing with chili is that it is so versatile where you can throw all sorts in to jazz it up. I’ve put sausage in mine before and it makes it heartier and takes the flavour up a notch. Mr.CBB

  8. Looks like a great recipe, but I’d suggest one revision: Instead of “Add beer and return beef to the pot,” substitute “Drink beer and return beef to the pot.” Of course a guy could start with two bottles of beer and do both–add and drink! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andy says:

      ๐Ÿ™‚ Grayson said it well as he also suggested adding two beers instead of just one (one to drink, one for the chili).

  9. Bringin’ tha heat! Looks amazing man, though I cover the entire bowl with sour cream when I eat chili ๐Ÿ˜‰

    • Andy says:

      Sour cream (or Greek yogurt) does add a lot and it’s fun to have the different temperature (cold sour cream versus hot chili).

  10. Mackenzie says:

    This looks so good! Will be adding this to my menu plan for January, that’s for sure!!!

  11. CF says:

    Great winter recipe! I’ve been making my chili in the slow cooker lately… what can I say, I’m a bit lazy at heart. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never tried making a sausage chili but seems easy enough to do.

    • Andy says:

      Oh, it’s really simple…you just chop it all up and throw it in the pot! It doesn’t take long to make either which will help with the laziness. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. Nice recipe Andy. I love some chili and enjoy making all different kinds of it. I would use two bottles of beer, one for the chili and one for myself. A cook can never have enough beer when making their favorite recipes!

  13. Michelle says:

    Looks yummy! I haven’t made chili in forever, but now that it’s getting cold we definitely will be.

  14. AverageJoe says:

    Well…I’ve never heard of a But before….but a BUD is a different matter. Not enough coffee yet…..

    • Andy says:

      LOL. But must be the skunk beer you’ve been drinking. ๐Ÿ™‚ My wife was nice enough to buy some of my area’s favorite beer: Boulevard. Love their Pale Ale and Wheat beer.

  15. AverageJoe says:

    You put some good beer in your chili! I was expected a But or Miller….

  16. Thad P says:

    This is one I’m sending to my wife. Great recipe!

  17. Pauline says:

    I love chili and this one looks delicious. Never thought about greek yogurt on top.

    • Andy says:

      The Greek yogurt is just a healthy alternative to sour cream. You honestly can’t tell a different when it’s combined with something such as chili.

  18. Wow, that’s just looks awesome! Too bad it’s 6:30 n the morning. ๐Ÿ™‚ We love chili, just had some the other night in fact. My wife is not a fan of sausage though, so it’s usually with ground beef.

  19. Yummy!!!!! I love chili! Holly makes a great chili as well:)

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