Prep 20 mins
Cook 5 hrs
Good served with Cornbread or Fritos.
- 1⁄2 lb bass farm mild bulk pork sausage
- 1⁄2 lb ground turkey (or substitute lean ground beef)
- salt & pepper
- 1 dash seasoning salt
- 1 -3 tablespoon chili powder, to taste
- garlic powder
- 3 (15 ounce) cans diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 (12 ounce) can tomato juice or 1 (12 ounce) can V8 vegetable juice (about 1 1/2 cups)
- 1⁄2 large green pepper, diced
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 teaspoon sugar or 1 -2 dash ketchup
- 1 (16 ounce) canBush's light red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
- 1 (16 ounce) canBush's dark red kidney beans, rinsed & drained
- In a 5-quart crockpot combine canned tomatoes and beans, cover and turn on high while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
- Brown the turkey and sausage together in the same skillet, seasoning with seasoned salt,regular salt, and pepper, drain and add to crockpot.
- (Note: If I have a 1-lb package of each, I usually cook all of it and freeze half for the next time I make chili.) Saute green pepper and onion in a little olive oil until tender and add to crockpot.
- Season to taste with chili powder, basil, oregano and garlic powder.
- NOTE: If you use pre-seasoned canned tomatoes, you may not need to add additional seasonings, or not as much.
- I usually add a small spoonful of sugar or a squirt of ketchup to take the acid edge off the tomatoes and sweeten it up just a bit.
- You'd be surprised at the difference this makes!
- Once everything is in the pot, add as much or as little of the tomato or V8 juice as you like to get the desired consistency.
- Cover and cook on high 4-5 hours, longer if you use low.
- Serve with Corn Bread.
- Variations: You can substitute chili hot beans or black beans for one of the cans of kidney beans, or use ground beef in place of the turkey.
- You can add a can of tomato paste to thicken it (just add a bit more sugar or ketchup).
The best chili I've ever made! I got discouraged years ago and settled for canned chili and seasoning packets - not after making this one. This was simple and delicious. I threw in some celery that needed to get used up, otherwise followed the recipe, adding about a teaspoon and a half of salt. When it was about half done I tasted it and ended up using pretty much the full 3 tablespoons of chili pepper.
Very good mild chili. Next time I'll use the whole 3 tablespoons chili powder. We liked the sausage mixed with turkey for a chili with a different taste. Thanks for sharing!