Gesundheit Chili for #SundaySupper

by Renee on February 23, 2014

Gesundheit Chili | Magnolia Days

The 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 Days

Gesundheit 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 Days

More 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

1 hour, 20 minutes

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Gesundheit Chili

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef (round or chuck)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/3 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
  • 3/4 cup German pilsner beer
  • 6 ounces bratwurst or knockwurst, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Brown the ground beef in a 5-quart Dutch oven or soup pot. Drain fat from the cooked beef.

Add olive oil, onions, and bell pepper to the pot. Cook over medium heat until onions are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute.

Add cooked beef and remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer.

Cover loosely and simmer, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour.

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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

Twist-on-Chili

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Liz February 23, 2014 at 6:57 am

The name of your chili cracks me up…but perfect with the beer and sausage! We’d love this version, Renee :)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

It is a fun name for chili. Works nicely too with the German twist.

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Tara February 23, 2014 at 7:35 am

German chili, who da thunk??? Looks fabulous Renee!!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

Thanks Tara

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Renee - Kudos Kitchen February 23, 2014 at 8:07 am

You can’t go wrong with German sausage and beer. You’re a girl after my own heart :) Great recipe, Renee!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:55 am

I agree Renee and thanks so much.

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Becca from It's Yummi! February 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

This German girl is LOVIN’ those ingredients of yours, Renee! YUM :)
Your photos are stunning, too!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

Thanks from a fellow half-German girl.

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Alice // Hip Foodie Mom February 23, 2014 at 9:13 am

Love the German beer and that your mom won a chili- cookoff!!! you just might be next! Your chili looks great, Renee!!! love it!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

Thanks so much Alice. My mom is quite proud of winning that chili cook-off.

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Roz February 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

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!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:53 am

Thanks Roz and I’m sure you would share some of it with your husband.

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Family Foodie February 23, 2014 at 10:16 am

What a delicious chili version. Looking forward to trying this one.

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

Thanks Isabel. I think your family would enjoy it.

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Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers February 23, 2014 at 11:22 am

Your chili looks just amazing! I love the addition of the beer!! I am bookmarking your recipe.

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:52 am

Thanks for bookmarking it Jennifer!

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Susan February 23, 2014 at 12:12 pm

Such a fun name and delicious looking chili. I love the addition of the sausage although no beans for me please! :-)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

Okay, I’ll leave out the beans when I make it for you.

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Shannon R February 23, 2014 at 12:40 pm

Beer and brats in chili? I think this is how my husbands name is spelled!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:51 am

Too funny Shannon! You should make it for him.

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Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious February 23, 2014 at 1:28 pm

A bowl of this would cure anything that ails us!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:50 am

Sure thing! Or, well, almost anything.

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Shaina February 23, 2014 at 1:32 pm

Very cool that you were able to make your mom’s recipe into your own. Family recipes are the best!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

Yes, family recipes sure are the best and some of the greatest treasure to document and keep for future generations.

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Beate February 23, 2014 at 1:42 pm

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.

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:49 am

You learn something new every day.

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Hezzi-D February 23, 2014 at 4:13 pm

Oh man, German beer and brats? This is totally going to be a winner at our house!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:48 am

Thanks and glad to see your family enjoys German beer and brats.

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Tammi @ Momma's Meals February 23, 2014 at 4:18 pm

How amazing does this look??!! I feel bad for all those voters out there, it’s going to be a tough call, I love your addition of the bratwurst in it! Mmm!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:47 am

Thank you so much Tammi! It is a tough decision for the voters. So many great recipes in the event.

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Manu February 23, 2014 at 5:53 pm

Beer and German sausage??? YESSS please! I’ll have big bowl if that! And I love the name of your chili!!! :-)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

Thanks Manu! I love the name of it too.

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Katie February 23, 2014 at 6:00 pm

Niiice – I am liking the ingredients and flavors for this dish! What a nice twist…

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:46 am

Thanks Katie! I just had to do a German twist for this event.

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Melanie February 23, 2014 at 6:58 pm

I had to click on your link just because of the name! My husband would love brats in his chili though – I must try this one!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:44 am

I think it’s a fun name for the chili. My sister-in-law came up with it when my mom entered her version into the cook-off.

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Amanda @ MarocMama February 23, 2014 at 7:41 pm

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?!?

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:43 am

I sure will warm up a bowl for you. I’m surprised you can’t get cheese in Morocco. How interesting.

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Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips February 23, 2014 at 8:35 pm

This is so unique – love it!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

Thanks Brianne! And I think it is quite unique too.

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Betsy @ Desserts Required February 23, 2014 at 9:28 pm

All this time I thought the word, Gesundheit, was only said when someone sneezed!! :-)

Delicious chili and your pictures are gorgeous.

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:42 am

You say Gesundheit when someone sneezes to wish them health. Thanks a bunch for the compliment on my photography.

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Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere February 24, 2014 at 10:25 am

Love the German twist! We will be trying this one soon for sure!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:41 am

I’m loving all the cultural twists on chili for this event. Such fun and such great recipes.

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Laura February 24, 2014 at 10:53 am

I love the addition of the bratwurst and beer in this chili.

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

Thanks Laura! I have to thank my mom for the original inspiration.

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Julie @ Texan New Yorker February 24, 2014 at 11:38 am

Oh I love this! I’ll have to make it soon. My parents used to live in Germany (before I was born – sniff – so I never to to experience it), and they would both go nuts over this. Thanks for sharing!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:40 am

You should visit Germany some time. It is such a beautiful country and the food is fabulous.

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Soni February 24, 2014 at 2:09 pm

Ooh Beer and Sausage are reasons enough for me to fall for this lovely chili!! Delicious flavors and a lovely color you’ve got :)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

Thanks Soni and I appreciate the compliment.

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Martin D Redmond February 24, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Yes, please! Brats in chili! What a great combination! Do you prefer wine or beer with your chili Renee?

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:39 am

I actually prefer wine with chili. I’m not a beer drinker these days.

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Delaware Girl Eats February 24, 2014 at 5:52 pm

did I hear beer? I’m in

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:38 am

Yes, you did hear (or see) beer. Oh so good in this chili and with it too.

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Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen February 24, 2014 at 8:15 pm

Beer and sausage in chili? It is a trifecta!!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

Yes it is! Thanks Bobbi

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Stacy February 25, 2014 at 10:45 am

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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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:37 am

I’ve never thought to add sausage to Bolognese sauce. Now I’m wanting to try it too.

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Anita at Hungry Couple February 25, 2014 at 11:43 am

Hmm. Now I’m super hungry for chili and it’s not even noon. And I always add beans. :)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:36 am

I actually had this chili before noon one day. I was so hungry and had some leftover in the fridge. It sure did hit the spot.

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Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie February 25, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Bless you for sharing this Gesundheit Chili! Chili, beer, and german sausage…oh my! :)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

Thanks so much Leslie.

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Courtney @ Neighborfood February 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Beer and sausage chili? Now that’s a stellar idea! I never knew Gesundheit meant health. Sneezing makes so much more sense now. :)

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

Yes, it’s to wish someone health after they sneeze.

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Julie February 26, 2014 at 10:35 am

This chili is totally up my husband’s alley – he loves beer and brats!

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Renee March 1, 2014 at 9:32 am

Beer and brats is such a natural combination and adding it to chili makes it even better.

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