Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage

Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Does anything smell better in the fall than a spicy pot of chili simmering on the stove? Last year, my friend Shannon brought a huge pot of chili to an event and it was absolutely perfect. I’ve been making chili for years and mine was never bad, but it was also never amazing. I pestered her for the recipe and she was sweet enough to send it to me. I could not believe that our recipes were virtually identical save for one ingredient. THIS chili makes me happy. It makes me grin when I smell it throughout the house and I look forward to dinner all day long.

Tender steak, spicy sausage, five different varieties of beans, tomatoes and chilis all combine to make this a spectacular chili. Don't be fooled by the long list of ingredients, this is a very simple recipe and doesn’t take long at all to throw it together in the morning. I like to let it simmer on low most of the day if possible. I almost always grab a bowl for lunch if I start it early enough. I just can’t resist.

Similar to many other chili recipes I’ve tried, with the exception of one ingredient. That ingredient makes all the difference in the taste. The ingredient is the Ranch Style Beans that are tossed in with all of the other beans. I kid you not. I had never bought them before in my life. I have tried unsuccessfully to recreate the flavor and taste from scratch for the past year and I haven’t even come close. If any of you have found a way to create that taste at home, I would love to hear about it.

In case you can’t tell at first glance, this is a HUGE recipe. I make the full batch and then freeze it in large and small containers for full family meals and for individual lunches. This is even better the next day, so I often make it ahead of time and then warm it the day I want to serve it. This recipe could easily be reduced to make less chili. I really enjoy having it in my freezer whenever possible though, so I rarely make a smaller batch. I figure if I am going to let it simmer most of the day, I might as well get several meals out of it.

Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage
Yield: 18-36 servings, depending on size (recipe will fill an 8 quart pot)
(printable recipe)

1.5 lb flank steak (or whatever beef is on sale), cut into steaks and then grilled, broiled or cooked to your liking – I usually season mine with salt, pepper and garlic on each side as it is cooking
1 lb hot sausage, cooked and crumbled
3 (14oz) cans ranch style beans
3 cups pre-cooked black beans, or 2 cans
3 cups pre-cooked great northern beans, or 2 cans
3 cups pre-cooked pinto beans, or 2 cans
3 cups pre-cooked light red kidney beans, or 2 cans
1 (15oz) can tomato sauce
2 (14oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
2 (10oz) cans diced tomatoes with green chili
1 cup of roasted, peeled and chopped green chili or equal amount of frozen or canned green chili
1 onion, chopped small
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
1 green bell pepper, chopped small
4 tablespoons taco seasoning, I keep this mixture on hand at all times

Cook your meats as shown above and add them to a very big pot. Add all the other ingredients listed and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring occasionally and then reduce heat to low. Simmer (actually, mine doesn’t quite simmer, but I like it best that way on low heat) all day or at least 4-6 hours.  I stir mine every couple of hours and try to resist the urge to eat it all day long. Serve topped with cheese and sour cream for the perfect fall meal. Enjoy!

CROCKPOT: This works very nicely in the crockpot as well. Just put everything together as listed above and let it cook on low all day. If you are cooking this in a crockpot, definitely reduce the recipe by at least half to make less chili.

FREEZER MEAL: Let the soup cool completely before transferring to freezer safe containers. Soup can be reheated in the microwave or it can be thawed first and then reheated on the stove-top.

Spicy Five Bean Chili with Steak and Sausage recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

 

26 comments:

  1. I love the idea of putting sausage into chili - how come I have never thought of that before?? Great football food!

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  2. It's definitely chili season! And honestly, there really is nothing better. Well maybe chocolate, but I've put chocolate into my chili before so see... nothing better :)

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  3. I have never done chili with steak before...sounds delicious! Could it be tossed in the crockpot on low all day?

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  4. You should bottle it and sell it - it would fly off the shelves!! looks so rich and delicious - lovely recipe!
    Mary x

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  5. I LOVE making chili and I'm always looking for new recipes to try! This one is going on my list :) It's great that is has both sausage and steak!

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  6. I am in the mood for chili. I had some at my brother's in Atlanta last weekend. I asked him about the recipe and he said it was the one I gave him 30 years ago! Your chili sounds wonderful and love the steak/sausage combo. Yum

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  7. Mary, chili is perfect for a cold night...yours look delicious and I like the idea of mixing different beans.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week :-)

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  8. We love chili in the house. Never made it with sausage yet.

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  9. It is so chilly out today that a bowl of chili sounds great!

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  10. This sounds delicious! It is chili month, maybe time for one more...

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  11. This chili sounds amazing. I also like to make chili once it gets to be fall.

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  12. I would never have guessed that ranch style beans were the secret ingredient in this! Crazy.

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  13. Jill, this works great in the crockpot as well. I'll make a note on the recipe to include that. Thanks!

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  14. Alright, that does it. I have to make chili this weekend! YUM!!! This looks amazing!

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  15. I've made average chili for years and have been looking for an 'even better' chili recipe to try. This is now on my list to try and what better time than in the fall! Thanks!

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  16. Fantastic recipe for good old chilli.You should join Mz Helens chilli contest;)

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  17. I am in the chili mood lately - this one looks wonderful!

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  18. Looks like the perfect fall meal to me! Delish!

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  19. This looks right up my alley! I love simmering a big pot of chili all day. The house smells fabulous! I can't believe it was the Ranch Style Beans. I don't think I have ever used those before. I will for sure now!

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  20. It is rainy and cold over here...this chilli dish looks perfectly hearty, warm and tasty!

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  21. My husband loves chili, and I'm sure he'd die for one with steak AND sausage! This looks perfect!

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  22. dang, that looks so much better than the chili we just made and ate tonight. Fantastic chili.

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  23. ROFL, when you say BIG pot, you aren't kidding! I recommend an 8Qt pot because my 6Qt is about to overflow with 16 pounds of chili. :D But I'm a-pickin', and I'm a-grinnin'. YUM.

    Oh, and I did see this promising homemade ranch bean recipe: http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2010/03/ranch-style-beans-recipe.html

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  24. Thank you so much for that link! I just printed the recipe to try soon. Thank you!!

    YES! When I make this, I use a HUGE pot. I usually make it in a 12 or 16 quart pot, because I hate it when a pot is close to overflowing. I might be able to get it all in my 8 quart, but I can't imagine how it fit in your 6 quart! I hope you love it.

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  25. Thanks so much for sharing this AMAZING recipe on A Healthy Jalapeño's Fall Harvest Blog Hop. There is nothing I love more in the fall than warm hearty chili!!!! {and always with a little spice}

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  26. I am visiting my friend and using her computer. Yesterday Lisa and her neighbors had their 2nd annual Chili Cook-Off. This was the first one I attended. There were 8 entries. One of those entries was mine. I chose to make a vegetarian chili which was nice but unless you are a vegetarian per se you probably want meat in your chili. Lisa chose to make the aforementioned Spicy Five Bean Chili with Meat and Sausage. To give you the bottom line I can say that Lisa won the contest and that was after much chili eating. Remember, there were 8 different Chili's. Lots of beans for all. In fact ,everyone who attended the event could now be considered a Weapon of Mass Destruction. No one should light a match anywhere near New Hampshire for a few days. All of the chili's were decent but Lisa's was overwhelmingly the best. The right hit/hint of spice and her meat remained soft unlike all the others who used either beef or a meat that did not take so well to long term cooking/crockpot. The sausage/flank steak combo was right on and the mixture of beans was a little out of the ordinary. This is on my list the next time I go to make chili.

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