Here is a hearty one pot meal that is simple to prepare and delicious to behold. As a bonus, it won’t break the bank. The beans and rice provide complementary proteins, which is nice, I guess. I have a chili stained marathon shirt that complements my torn pair of running shoes, but it doesn’t really get me anywhere. What I need is action. Sausage chili provides major action. Not only will sausage chili compliment your mother-in-law, it will write thank you notes to your aunt and raise your IQ by a point or two.*
*Fine Print- these statements are not necessarily based in the “conventional” reality.
167 consecutive days of chili
14 oz Kielbasa sausage, diced (we used sausage of the turkey persuasion)
1 C white onions, diced
1 C red pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, smashed
1 can (15 oz) pinto beans, drained
1 C salsa (we used Spike’s mild salsa)
1 C vegetable juice
1 T brown sugar
1 T chili powder
½ t cumin
1 T garlic powder
1 t sriracha sauce
1) In a pot, combine the sausage, onion, and red pepper. Fry on medium heat until onions and peppers begin to turn soft and the sausage becomes fragrant (about 10-12 minutes).
2) Add remaining chili ingredients (not the rice). And simmer on low for 30 minutes.
3) Serve over cooked rice.
The Involuntary Tasting Panel gave this chili a hearty thumbs up. The phrase “really terrific” was uttered. Hooray for a balanced and flavorful one pot. The equation is simple sausage + chili = happiness. Sausage quite obviously complements chili’s spicy palate. Make this chili and you will receive compliments on your sausage and chili.