Firehouse Sausage Chili
Firehouse Sausage Chili is one marvelous chili recipe. This one uses Italian sausage, corn, two colors of kidney beans, diced tomatoes with green chilies, onions and garlic. I’ve never made a chili recipe with Italian sausage before but it really adds nice zip to chili. In fact, I think this recipe would be great with ground venison, beef, turkey and most certainly, Italian sausage.
I love Chili recipes. My old-time Chili Con Carne recipe is a favorite, but I also enjoy Pepperoni Pizza Chili which is really a delightful change of pace. As I was combing through Pinterest trying to find ways to use several cups of frozen cooked sausage I came across this recipe. I thought I would give it a try and I’m glad I did because this chili was wonderful.
One of the nice things about Firehouse Sausage Chili is it’s made in the slow cooker. Except for frying the sausage, everything is dumped into the crockpot and slow cooked until ready. Talk about convenience. It’s so quick and easy. A packet of chili seasoning and red pepper flakes provide needed heat and it can be served with tortilla strips, rice or alone garnished with cheese, sour cream, parsley and chives.
This recipe is NOT gluten free since the chili seasoning packet has wheat. But if you can find a homemade chili seasoning mix online or use my Homemade Taco Seasoning instead, this recipe can be made gluten free as well.
If you’re looking for a new chili recipe, I highly recommend trying out a batch of Firehouse Sausage Chili. It’s so delicious you may have a hard time sharing a bowl with your family! 🙂
When I initially posted this recipe in October 2014, I made the recipe with regular bulk pork sausage. I remade the recipe (October 2017), for our weekly Friday night care group dinner. This time I used Italian pork sausage. It is really good either way, although I have a preference for Italian sausage, personally. I served it with Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits. Oh my, what a delight! I hope you enjoy these easy crockpot meal.
Firehouse Sausage Chili is a wonderful crockpot recipe.
Firehouse Sausage Chili is great served with tortilla strips or chips.
Garnish this lovely chili with cheese and fresh parsley. Or, you can serve it over top of rice if you prefer. It’s delightful served with Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients. The mason jar contains pink Himalayan sea salt.
Brown Italian sausage. Drain.
Spray crockpot with cooking spray. Add Italian sausage to crockpot.
Add corn, drained light red kidney beans and dark red kidney beans, tomatoes with diced green chilies, onions and garlic.
Add chili seasoning, salt and red pepper flakes. You can also substitute a homemade chili seasoning if you want the recipe to be gluten free.
Add beef broth.
Stir to combine.
Cook over low heat about 6 hours until done.
Here’s a ladle full of the chili.
Garnish Firehouse Sausage Chili with cheese and parsley. Add sour cream and chives, or even fresh jalapeno slices, if desired.
Here’s the recipe.
FIREHOUSE SAUSAGE CHILI
(Recipe adapted from DoughMesstic)
- 2 cups cooked Italian sausage (I used bulk pork sausage because I was trying to use it up)
- 1 onion, chopped
- 15.5-oz. can dark red kidney beans, drained
- 15.5-oz. can light red kidney beans, drained
- 15.5-oz. can whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 10-oz. cans diced tomatoes with green chilies, UNDRAINED
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic from a jar
- ½ tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
- 1.25-oz. pkg. McCormick Chili seasoning mix
- 2 cups water
- Place everything in a crockpot and stir to combine.
- Cook over low heat approximately 6 hours or until done.
- Serve over rice, or with tortilla chips.
You can also enjoy Firehouse Sausage Chili with tortilla strips, or chips and salsa. It’s a great stick-to-the-ribs meal.
Every bite of Firehouse Sausage Chili is so scrumptious. It’s great for cool fall or winter nights. Plus, it’s so easy to make since it’s made in the slow cooker!
Firehouse Sausage Chili is a great main dish for potlucks or family get-togethers.