Got some sausage on hand and don't know what to do with it? We've got you covered! This delicious chili recipe is perfect to whip together in the colder season. Check it out:
Farmhouse Sausage Chili
1 pound pork sausage
1 large onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, diced
1 28 ounce can whole tomatoes, chopped
2 cups tomato juice or chicken broth or a mixture of the two
1 to 2 Tablespoons maple syrup or molasses
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 ½ teaspoon powdered sage
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
3 ½ to 4 cups cooked red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1. Brown in a large skillet the pork sausage and the chopped onion
2. Toward the end of the browning, add the celery
3. When the celery is softened, add tomatoes, tomato juice or chicken broth, maple syrup or molasses, cumin, sage, and black pepper
4. Simmer for 20 minutes.
5. Add the red kidney beans
6. Simmer for 15 minutes more.
7. Serve with sharp cheddar cheese, cornbread, or buttermilk biscuits.
Do I Have to Use Pork Sausage?
Not everyone is a fan of pork sausage. Some people prefer other types, whether it's due to flavor or nutritional content. While we think pork sausage is ultimately the best fit for this recipe, you can make substitutions if you wish.
One common substitution for pork sausage is turkey sausage. Turkey sausage is higher in protein and lower in fat than pork sausage, making it a great alternative for those trying to lose weight. Losing weight doesn't have to mean giving up the foods that you love, and this awesome chili recipe is certainly no exception.
Perhaps you have some homemade sausage on hand that you'd like to use. Many people end up with venison sausage during the hunting season. We think that kind of sausage could make a wonderful part of this chili recipe. It will save you money, too, since you won't have to buy it from the store.
Ultimately, the type of sausage that you choose to use is going to depend on your personal preferences and what's available to you. Use what you feel works best for you, your family, and your budget!