Sausage and White Bean Chili
4-1/2 Tbs. vegetable oil
2 lb. sweet Italian sausage, casings removed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups chopped yellow onion
2 to 4 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped fresh green bell pepper
1 roasted red bell pepper, diced
2 Tbs. chili powder
2 Tbs. chopped fresh oregano (or 2 tsp. dried)
1 Tbs. ground cumin
1 Tbs. tomato paste
1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
3/4 cup beer, preferably lager
1 14-oz. can diced tomatoes with juice
1-1/2 cups chicken broth (homemade or lower-salt store-bought)
7 cups cooked cannellini beans (home-cooked or canned from four 15-oz. cans, rinsed and drained)
1 Tbs. red wine vinegar
Garnishes: salsa, diced red onion, crumbled queso fresco, toasted cornbread crumbles
Heat 2 Tbs. of the oil in a heavy-duty 6-quart pot over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Season the sausage with 1-1/2 tsp. salt and 3/4 tsp. pepper. Cook half of the sausage, undisturbed, until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Break up the meat and cook, stirring or turning occasionally, until well browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a large plate. Add another 1 Tbs. oil to the pot, and brown the remaining sausage; transfer to the plate along with any liquid from the pot.
Add the remaining 1-1/2 Tbs. of oil, the onion, and garlic to the pot. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the green bell pepper, roasted red pepper, chili powder, oregano, cumin, tomato paste, and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring, until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
Pour in the beer, turn the heat up to high, and cook, scraping the bottom of the pot to loosen any browned bits, until most of the liquid is evaporated, about 2 minutes.
Add the canned tomatoes and chicken broth and bring to a simmer.
Turn the heat down to medium low. Purée 1-1/2 cups of the beans in a blender or food processor, adding a little stewing liquid as needed, and then stir the puréed beans into the stewing liquid in the pot. Add the remaining whole beans. Cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Add the sausage back to the pot, and cook for 30 minutes more. If the chili gets too thick, thin it with a little water.
Stir in the vinegar, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with the garnishes.
nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 670, Fat (kcal): 35, Fat Calories (g): 310, Saturated Fat (g): 11, Protein (g): 34, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15, Carbohydrates (mg): 57, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 6, Sodium (g): 1720, Cholesterol (g): 60, Fiber (g): 13,