Katy’s Kick Ass Chili –

I’m not really interested in discussing whether true chili has beans or not, or whether it’s spelled chili or chile or chilly.  I’m not a purist – I just know what I like.

Okay, this is probably not for the kiddies or those with weak stomachs.  It is not blazing, kill-your-gut-hot, but you definitely will be aware you are eating chili and your sinuses will be cleaned out.  You are warned.


1 pound HOT Italian sausage (I use turkey, usually, but regular will work)

1 diced onion

3-4 cloves chopped garlic

2 16-oz cans chili beans in hot sauce

2 14.5 oz cans petite diced tomatoes

1 14 oz can beef broth (you can use beer, but I usually drink that and use broth instead)

3 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1/2 tsp cinnamon

2 -3 Tbsp chopped hot jalapeno peppers (pickled), with 1-2 tsp of the juice

Shredded cheese for garnish (optional)

Brown sausage (if using links, remove from casing).  Add diced onion and sautee until onions are soft.  Add garlic and sautee 1-2 minutes longer, taking care not to scorch garlic, because that tastes bad.

Add remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer gently for about an hour, stirring frequently, again taking care not to scorch – it just tastes bad (can you tell I’ve scorched it a couple of times?).  Garnish with shredded cheese, if desired.

You’re welcome.

If you’d like to share your chili recipe, I’d love that, too.  just put it in the comments or post a link.  If I make it and like it better than mine, I’ll declare you the winner.


Filed under General Mumblings, Soup Nazi

30 responses to “Katy’s Kick Ass Chili –

  1. Where in the recipe do you drink the beer?

  2. Wow! I bet that chili does kick your ass!! Just looking at the ingredients makes me thirsty 😉

  3. I’m counting 5 hot ingredients. Zowieeee!

  4. Aaaah, yes, but it is so good.

  5. My husband is a chili connoisseur and this one would no doubt be his favorite! Beer! Beer! Beer!

  6. I love chili season. Love, love, love it.

  7. I am sooooo gonna try this! The hotter the better! And to me…real chili has beans….. here in Texas….they don’t believe that…..and I have a hell of a time finding good chili with beans…. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  8. Man, that sounds good. I don’t live with spicy food people. Can I come over?

    • Yep, just bring some beer…actually bring lots of beer. You can tame this one down by using regular Italian sausage, mild chili beans, cut the spices down by half and leave out the cayenne and jalapenos. Just be ready to hand over your man card.

  9. So funny I popped over here at this moment……….when I’m making chili! LOL. Mine won’t be as spicy (or nearly as good probably) but it will be pretty good. We are very tomato saucy chili people here. It’s a curse really. LOL
    I do love your recipe, though. I’m passing it on to my son and his fiance….they like their food very spicy and they will love this! Thanks Katy.

  10. This sure sounds good to me, but I don’t think my wife could handle it and I’d be eating all that chili by myself. Maybe not such a bad think, but I’m just sayin’.

    I posted a chili recipe on my blog somewhere a while back. It have to go look for it though. My wife really liked mine–it was a little sweet, but very tasty. I think I might like the sound of yours better.

    Wrote By Rote

  11. Thanks for this will give it a go – having a new kitchen fitted so can’t cook anything at the moment. The fella fitting it is lovely but slow (methodical if i was being generous), drinks gallons of coffee, eats loads of bisuits, smokes like a chimney and tells me all about his recent break up from his wife. Sad, but get the damn thing finished! I will use your recipe for the grand unveiling of me new worktops!

    • A new kitchen is very exciting. Ours was refitted after Hurricane Charley redesigned our house (although it is still too small!!!) Wish I could come for a taste at the grand unveiling. Enjoy.

  12. Too funny – as I clicked on this link, my husband was telling me about the turkey chili he’s about to cook! I think he’s going to post it on his blog (peppermeister.wordpress.com) in the next couple of days. Yours sounds DELISH! I don’t think I’ve ever had one with hot Italian sausage, but I love the sound of that.

    • I’ll watch for it over on his blog…the hot Italian sausage (along with the bit of cinnamon) impart a nice flavor, and the various degrees of heat hit your tongue and palate at separate times – it is a very good chili.

  13. Too hot for my Gringo palate, but I know some people who love it when their food attacks them. I’ll pass this along to them! 🙂

  14. Raised and living in Cincinnati, we do the whole cinnamon/chili thing here…skyline and gold star. Plus a couple in my family have tender stomachs so ours is a bit milder. I would like yours as I like it spicy as well. And the beer well this is a German town!

  15. My stomach is too wimpy to handle kick-ass chili. I’m so ashamed.

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