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Gesundheit Chili for #SundaySupper

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 | Magnolia Days
4.5 from 6 votes

Gesundheit Chili

A recipe for Gesundheit Chili made with ground beef, tomatoes, beans, chili spices, German sausage, and German beer. It is a hearty and delicious chili to enjoy.

Course Main Dish
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Author Renee


  • 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 diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces
  • 1 can kidney beans 16 ounces, drained
  • 1 can tomato juice 5.5 ounces
  • 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


  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.

Recipe Notes

A recipe for Gesundheit Chili made with ground beef, tomatoes, beans, chili spices, German sausage, and German beer. It is a hearty and delicious chili to enjoy.

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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Recipe Rating

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Monday 16th of November 2015

However, be sure not to let it simmer more than a few seconds, otherwise all that great sausage flavor end up in the water and you'll be left with something very bland excuse for a sausage. Deep and pan frying are two favorites when it comes to cooking wings. The liquid is needed to properly soften and cook vegetables.


Wednesday 26th of February 2014

This chili is totally up my husband's alley - he loves beer and brats!


Saturday 1st of March 2014

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

Courtney @ Neighborfood

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

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


Saturday 1st of March 2014

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

Leslie @ La Cocina de Leslie

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

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


Saturday 1st of March 2014

Thanks so much Leslie.

Anita at Hungry Couple

Tuesday 25th of February 2014

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


Saturday 1st of March 2014

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.