Spicy Sausage & Black Bean Chili

"Unusual flavor and easy to make...you can also decrease the heat to actually make it edible! Tastes great on a cold winter day with a fresh loaf of crusty bread and a crisp green salad."
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Ready In:
1hr 40mins




  • Remove sausage from casing.
  • In dutch oven over medium-high heat, brown meat breaking it up with a wooden spoon as it cooks.
  • Drain off all but 2 tsp fat.
  • Reduce heat to medium.
  • Add chili powder, cumin, oregano, cinnamon, fennel seeds and bay leaves.
  • Cook, stirring for 1 minute.
  • Add onions, garlic, red peppers, adobo sauce, and chipotle pepper.
  • Cook, stirring, for about 8 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
  • Stir in diced tomatoes and 2 cups water.
  • Bring to boil, reduce heat and cook, covered, for 20 minutes.
  • Stir in beans.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for another 30 minutes or until sauce is thickened.
  • Remove bay leaves.
  • Note: you can substitute a jalapeno pepper for the chipotle pepper and hot sauce for the adobo sauce.

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  1. This had a really lovely taste -- spicy but not too hot and full of Italian flavour. I think it was the cumin that added that extra touch for me. I would add a smaller can of chopped tomatoes though. As it was, I added a bit of rice to soak up the extra liquid because it was still quite soupy even after simmering uncovered for well over 30 minutes.


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