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One dish my husband and I really enjoy is a good chili. I do not make chili often because my kids are never fond of soups, stews, etc. I had the wonderful opportunity to create a recipe using Hillshire Farm Sausage and since my husband really wanted chili I decided to use Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage as it is a great alternative to hamburger or any other meat you would normally use. Using Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage gives the chili a nice smoky flavor that will make you want more
I used two packages of Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage. I started cooking one and then realized I wanted to use both as I love my chili with a lot of meat.
In my opinion the most important ingredients to a good chili is the tomatoes and meat that you use. I did not have the best tomatoes, but with Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage it came out tasty as ever.
First, I added two cans of plum tomatoes. Normally people would use stewed tomatoes or crushed tomatoes. I do not like either of those as I find them to be more seedy and prefer the texture of the plum. I then added 1 small can of tomato sauce.
I could not find my masher so I used a wire whisk to break the tomatoes up. Depending how chunky you like your chili, you can determine how much mashing you need to do. As you can see there are some seeds, but you get a lot more when using stewed or crushed tomatoes.
Time to cook the bacon and cook it till it is crispy so that it does not get mushy in your chili. I used almost the whole package.
While the bacon is cooking you can cut up the sausage into slices. I did not cut them too thin as I like thicker pieces. You can slice them any way you want. Next, you will want to cut up some green peppers or any color peppers you like.. I then browned the sausage with a little butter in the pan to get them lightly browned
Add sausage and peppers to fry pan with a couple tablespoons of oil. I added a small amount of leftover bacon grease to give it added flavor. (Who doesn’t love bacon grease?) I cooked both together for approximately 5-10 minutes.
After I cooked the sausage and peppers I added them to the pot along with two cans of dark red kidney beans. I use the dark red kidney beans because I like them better than the lighter beans. I then added the bacon cut into half size pieces.
I found using the Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage made it easier than hamburger as you do not have to fry the hamburger and then drain it. In addition, you do not need to add extra spices to your dish as it has a lot of great flavor on its own. As I stated earlier in my post, my kids typically do not eat chili, but when I made it this time I told my kids to give it a try. Both my girls tried it and ended up asking for more! They told me they loved the smokiness and thought that the sausage enhanced the overall flavor of the chili. You can find Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage at your local grocery store or use the product locator here.
With the Hillshire Farm sausage you can create a lot of different recipes for quick and easy meals during the week. As a busy mom of four children, I do not always have time to create huge lavish dinners and I have to think quick and make easy meals that not only taste great but do not take a lot of prep time in the kitchen. Hillshire Farm sausage is already pre-cooked and seasoned so you never need to add a lot of spice and you do not have to worry about having to cook it thoroughly through. If you need ideas check out Sausage So Simple for recipe inspirations.