sweet sausage chili

Sweet Sausage Chili

This Italian sausage chili recipe is a go-to for a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is full of flavor. The perfect combination of ground beef, sweet Italian sausage, and a medley of spices makes for a delicious and filling meal that the whole family will love.

Prep: 20Cook: 60Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
Yield 10 1 cup servings 1x


  • 8 strips bacon, diced
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb sweet italian sausage
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 32oz kidney beans, drained
  • 32oz white beans, drained
  • 28oz crushed tomato
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire
  • 1 tbsp dijon
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper


  1. In a large dutch oven, cook the bacon until crispy. Using a slotted spoon, let dry on paper towel. Set aside. Empty bacon grease.
  2. Add white onion to dutch oven and cook 2 minutes. Then add in ground beef and Italian sausage and saute until fully cooked through, breaking up chunks of meat.
  3. Stir in minced garlic and cook an additional minute.
  4. Add in beans, tomato, ketchup, brown sugar, worcestershire, and dijon. Mix until well combined. Stir in water.
  5. Add chili powder, paprika, cumin, salt, and pepper. Stir. Then add bacon crumbles.
  6. Bring chili to a simmer, and simmer for 1/2 hour, stirring every ten minutes. Add more water if needed.
  7. Serve with cheese & sour cream or greek yogurt.
Author: ErinCategory: lunch, dinner, meal prep, soupMethod: stovetopCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free