Combination Italian Style Chili

posted by Schmitty 02-08-100 5:52 AM

Italian Style Chili

1 pound bulk Italian Sausage
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons olive oil or oil
2 cups sliced onions
2 cups sliced red bell peppers
2 cups sliced green bell peppers
5 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 cups shredded green cabbage
2 (15.5 ounce) cans light or dark red kidney beans, drained
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (10 ounce) can diced tomatoes with green chiles, undrained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons dry oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dry basil
1 bay leaf
4 ounces (1 cup) shredded mozzarella cheese

In 12 inch skillet, brown sausage and ground beef; drain on paper towels.

Heat olive oil in 5 quart Dutch oven or stockpot over medium high heat. Add onions and bell peppers; cook and stir 8 minutes or until onions are tender. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes. Add browned meat, shredded cabbage, 1 can of the beans, tomatoes and the tomatoes with chiles.

Mash remaining can of beans and stir into chili. Add parsley, oregano, salt, basil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and cook uncovered for 45 minutes to blend flavors, stirring occasionally.

Remove bay leaf. Top each serving with shredded cheese. Makes 9 (1 1/4 cup) servings.

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