Spicy and Rich Sausage and Kidney Bean Chili


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Preparation Time: 5 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 1-¼ cup
Calories: 262 per serving
Percent from Fat: 24%
Cusine: American
Course: Soups - Meal
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Coffee

Food as MedicineSM Tip

At least six studies indicate that people who drink coffee on a regular basis are up to 80 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's.

Culinary Taste Tip

Chipotle chicken sausage contains many of the spices that make traditional sausages so delicious, but with less saturated fat and fewer calories.

Culinary Technique Tip

Crushing the oregano helps bring out its aromatic oils and flavors.


1 large white onion, chopped
2 teaspoons olive oil
4 links fully-cooked chipotle chicken sausage, organic preferred, cut into ¼-inch slices (9 ounces)
1 14.5-ounce can organic no-salt-added diced tomatoes, such as Muir Glen brand
½ cup habañero-flavored salsa
½ cup brewed coffee
2 teaspoons dried oregano, preferably Mexican, crushed
1 15-ounce can organic no-salt-added kidney beans, undrained
Optional toppings: diced ripe avocado, chopped cilantro, lime wedges


Set aside ½ cup of the onion for garnish. Cook remaining onion in oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat for 2 minutes. Add chicken sausage; cook and stir 1 minute. Add tomatoes, salsa, coffee and oregano; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered 10 minutes. Add beans; return to a boil and simmer 5 minutes longer. Ladle into shallow bowls; top with reserved onion and garnish as desired.


Andouille or other spicy chicken sausage may replace the chipotle chicken sausage. Jalapeño or other full-flavored salsa may replace the habañero salsa. Ordinary Greek or Italian leaf oregano can substitute for the Mexican oregano: the former are slightly sharper and less aromatic.

Nutritional Analysis

Total fat (g): 7; Fat calories (kc): 64; Cholesterol (mg): 40; Trans fatty acids (g): 0; Saturated fat (g): 1.7; Polyunsaturated fat (g): 0.8; Monounsaturated fat (g): 1.4; Fiber (g): 9.9; Carbohydrates (g): 30.4; Sugar (g): 6.3; Protein (g): 20; Sodium (mg): 613; Calcium (mg): 123.

Comments on Spicy and Rich Sausage and Kidney Bean Chili

From: laserbrain341

Seems very high in fats. Is there a section that lower fat dishes are available? Thank you.

From: harobed

What a wonderfully quick and healthy chili!A crock pot will cook chili all day and gives the excuse to use these spices - cumin,coriander,basil,oregano,bay leave,garlic,cayenne,and dill.I found these spices in the Cabbagetown Cafe Cookbook/J.Jordan and did not know how to cook chili or refried beans before. The crock pot makes it almost as easy if you have your spice cabinet organized.We are fortunate to have bulk spices at our health food store. Any advice about using dry beans do they need to be soaked? (there has been a question about it!)

From: LittleKi

This is more like the sauce for red beans and rice, but it is very good. I made some brown rice and served this over the top. With the prepared salsa and the coffee, this dish had surprising complexity for something that cooked for such a short time. I let the kidney beans cook a little extra long to absorb some flavor. It also makes good leftovers, better than the first day!

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