Gesundheit Chili for #SundaySupper

Gesundheit Chili | Magnolia DaysThe air is filled with the scent of spice. It’s not just any spice. It is the familiar aroma of chili pepper emerging from a simmering pot. Hunger awakens as you walk near the event. You hear sounds of bubbling kettles, music, laughter, along with oh’s and ah’s of chili tasters. The cook-off is in full swing and you are ready to join in the fun. I brought Gesundheit Chili to one and you can find out more about it below (and vote for my recipe too).

Chili has so many variations. One big debate is whether or not it has beans in it. Then there is if it is made with beef, pork, chicken, venison, turkey, a mixture, or no meat at all. Styles vary from thick to thin, red to white, chunky to ground, and more. Each cook has their own special twist which makes theirs unique. Enthusiasts can get very serious about what makes or breaks a good chili and thus competitions began. Winners have bragging rights along with prizes. One of them is my mom because she won a chili cook-off. I took her recipe and changed it up a little to make my version of it.

Gesundheit Chili | Magnolia DaysGesundheit chili has a German twist. It’s a beef and tomato based chili made with German sausage and beer. Gesundheit translates to health and of course beer, sausage, beef, tomato, and spice is good for you, right? Oh yes, I am certain of it. It’s thick, hearty, and has a medium spice level. Chunks of sausage and kidney beans give both extra flavor and texture to the chili. Serve it with sour cream, cheese, and your favorite chili toppings. Follow it up with apple strudel for dessert.

Gesundheit Chili | Magnolia DaysMore about the cook-off: It’s a virtual one hosted by Heather on the Sunday Supper Movement website. The winner receives a ticket to the Food and Wine Conference plus a $25 gift card. A list of all the entries and links to them are below. Voting begins at 8am Eastern time on Sunday, 2/23/14, and ends at midnight on Thursday, 2/27/14 (National Chili Day).

Have you been to a chili competition? If so, did your favorite wind up being the winning one? Perhaps that will happen with my Gesundheit chili (ahem, hint, go vote for me – see link to voting below). Good luck to all the contestants and may the best chili win.

Gesundheit Chili
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Yield: Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • 1½ pounds ground beef (round or chuck)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ⅓ cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, drained
  • 1 can (5.5 ounces) tomato juice
  • ¾ cup German pilsner beer
  • 6 ounces bratwurst or knockwurst, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. Brown the ground beef in a 5-quart Dutch oven or soup pot. Drain fat from the cooked beef.
  2. Add olive oil, onions, and bell pepper to the pot. Cook over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  4. Add cooked beef and remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.
  5. Cover loosely and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

Will YOU be a part of the #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off judges panel this week? Voting is at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine starting now and concluding (fittingly) on February 27 – National Chili Day! Browse the submissions and cast your vote by clicking here: Chili Cook-off Voting

Beef and Bison Chili

Pork Chili

Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili

Mixed (meat combo) Chili

Fish and Seafood Chili

Vegetarian Chili


Best Wines To Pair with Chili from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog

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  1. says

    Wow, Renee, this has to be the most unique way to prepare chili . . . and my German-Scotch husband would devour this . . . but only if there is anything left over from what I’d eat!

  2. says

    That sounds fantastic – wow it truly is a Gesundheit’s Chili; Chili with a German twist. I love it….Now I have to tell you that I had no idea that a cook-off is a competition.

  3. says

    It’s 1am here and I’m checking out all this chili and my stomach is growling. I am insanely jealous of the cheese on top because I can’t get it in Morocco. Warm up a big bowl for me please?!?

  4. says

    I love adding sausage to Bolognese sauce for all the reasons you mentioned, Renee, but I never thought to add it to chili! I think a bowl of this would be downright medicinal on a cold day!


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