Thursday, January 10, 2013

Chicken Sausage Chili

I threw this little chili/stew together while wandering the grocery store last weekend.  I went in with a loose plan of putting together something like my favorite White Bean Chicken Chili or Taco Soup - a couple cans of beans with tomatoes in the crock pot.

Then, I was in the meat department and spotted the italian sausage.  This is not a food I eat often, or really can say I ever have a craving for, but for some reason it jumped out at me.  I threw it in with my beans and this delicious chili was AWESOME.  Served with a side of multi-grain tortilla chips and sprinkled with a little cheese?  Delicious.  And easy.  And healthy!!
Spicy Chicken Sausage Chili
1 package mild Italian chicken sausage links (I used the Nature's Promise brand at Giant, 140 cals a link)
1 can (14 oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
1 can (14 oz) kidney beans, drained and rinsed (dark or light)
1 large can (28 oz) fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 green bell pepper (or red, or any color), diced
1 medium onion, diced
2 gloves garlic, minced
1/2-1 tsp each: cumin, oregano, smoked paprika (depending on how much spice you want!)
salt/pepper if desired


1.  Brown the sausage links lightly on the stove top.  You don't need to cook them all the way through, just enough to make them easier to cut.

2.  Place all ingredients in the crock pot. (I mixed mine in a big bowl first and then dumped it into a Pam sprayed crock pot)

3.  Cook on high for 4 hours or low for 6-8 hours.

4.  Serve with chips and your favorite toppings!

Nutritional Information per serving (makes 6 total)
Calories: 293
Fat: 6g
Carbs: 34g
Protein: 24g


1 comment:

  1. Yum! I love chili, I will need to try this recipe out!