Paula’s Lightning Chili


2 cups chopped onion
1 lb. ground sweet Italian sausage
2 lb. ground beef (80% lean)
3 cups fresh tomatoes, diced (or 3 cans prepared diced tomatoes)
3 cans chili beans (I use Bush’s medium)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. cayenne pepper
1 Tbsp. red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/2  Tbsp. curry powder

Brown the ground sausage and ground beef with the onions in a skillet until no pink remains. Drain fat. In a large pot or Dutch oven combine meat and onions with tomatoes, chili beans, salt and pepper. Simmer for 30-45 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Add the remaining spices during the last ten minutes of cooking. (For a milder spice, add the spices at the beginning of the cooking time).

Here are some suggested toppings to serve with your chili:

Warm corn bread
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Chopped green onions
Oyster crackers
Sliced jalapeno peppers
Black olives