Sweet hot chili with an Italian flare. Spicy sausage is rounded out by a blend of beans, and the white corn adds a touch of sweetness to seal the deal. Try different protein and bean combos for variety.
1 to 1 ½lbHot Italian sausageor use a meat substitute, may substitute mild sausage as well
1C(8 oz.) cooked black beansdrained
1C(8 oz.) cooked pinto beansdrained
1C(8 oz.) cooked cannelloni beansdrained
1Cwhite corn kernelsdrained (yellow also ok, or a mix of the two)
3medium garlic clovesminced
1small white or yellow onionchopped (about 1/2 C)
¼Cred bell pepperchopped
¼Corange bell pepperchopped
1tspcoarse ground salt
1TBSPsweet basildried or chopped
1TBSPred pepper flakesadjust to taste
1TBSPbrown sugardark or light
16ozdiced tomatofresh or canned
Shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese
Cook sausage in pan on medium heat, drain, and place in large crockpot.
Add all other ingredients except cheese to slow cooker and stir.
Best cooked on low setting but will tolerate faster cooking on high. Can also be cooked on stovetop: heat on medium then reduce to a low simmer, stirring occasionally.
Serve warm with desired toppings. Shredded mozzarella and fresh diced tomato or onion work well. For heat-loving friends add a side of pepper slices or hot sauces. Combines well with a salad and bread.