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BRIAN IN THE KITCHEN  brought to you by Stittsworth Meats

January 31 2014

Big Game Food - Ground Beef and Sausage Chili

    1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
    8 ounces smoked sausage, such as andouille or apple chicken sausage
    1 cup chopped onion
    1 red or green bell pepper, chopped
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 can (4 ounces) mild green chili peppers
    2 to 3 tablespoons diced jalapeno peppers, or to taste
    2 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes or fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained
    1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
    1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
    1 teaspoon grill seasoning blend
    2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder
    1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

In a large skillet or saute pan, brown the ground beef and sausage with onion until meat is no longer pink. Add the bell pepper and garlic and cook, stirring, for about 1 minute longer. Transfer to the slow cooker and add remaining ingredients; cover and cook on LOW for 6 to 8 hours.

Serves 6 to 8.