Meaty Comfort Chili

Cold days call for warm, hearty comfort food and, today I have the perfect recipe for you. This Meaty Comfort Chili has all of the warmth, flavor and comfort that you could ask for in a healthy dinner. This recipe tastes even better the next day!

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Servings: 12

Here’s what you need

  • 6 oz. hot turkey Italian sausage, loose
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped and seeded
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut sugar OR honey
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 ¼ cups Merlot or other fruity red wine
  • 1 (28oz) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped
  • 2 (15oz) cans no-salt-added kidney beans, drained
  • Sour cream (optional garnish)
  • Shredded cheese (optional garnish)
  • Green onion (optional garnish)
  • Diced tomatoes (optional garnish)


  1. Heat a large heavy bottomed pot over medium-high heat. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, garlic, ground beef and jalapeno to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble.
  2. Add chili powder, coconut sugar, cumin, tomato paste, oregano, black pepper, salt and bay leaves and cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes, and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Discard the bay leaves. Sprinkle each serving with the garnishes.

Nutritional Analysis

One serving equals: 284 calories, 1g fat, 79mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate, 12g fiber, and 16g protein

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