Jane Watrel's Award-Winning Chili Recipe

Jane Watrel Shares Chili Recipe on Nonstop Foodies DC

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    Jane Watrel shows us how to make her healthy, hearty, award-winning chili recipe. (Published Thursday, Feb 16, 2012)

    Jane’s All-American Chili from Cooking Light magazine

     

    • 6 ounces hot turkey Italian sausage
    • 2 cups chopped onions
    • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
    • 8 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 pound ground sirloin
    • 1 jalapeno pepper chopped (optional)
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
    • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1 1/4 cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
    • 2 (28 oz) cans diced tomatoes (original recipe calls for whole tomatoes--undrained and coarsely chopped)*
    • 2 (15 oz) cans kidney beans, drained
    • 1/2 cup shredded reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese


    1. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage, onion and next 4 ingredients (onion through jalapeno) to pan, cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.

    2. Add chili powder and next 7 ingredients (chili powder through bay leaves) and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

    3. Uncover and cook for 30 additional minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese.

    Yield: 8 servings.

    Note: Like most chili, this version tastes even better the second day.