Smoked Sausage Chili Skillet Dinner



If chili isn’t already one of your favorite comfort foods, then you just might not have the right recipe. A lot of people give up on making homemade chili because every time they’ve taken a stab at it in the past, it might have come out too bland, too watery or maybe too spicy. A lot of cookbook authors are also guilty of coming up with recipes for chili that trap you in the kitchen from morning to night. What we want to know is why you should throw away an entire day slaving over a pot of chili when you really only need to spend just 15 minutes in the kitchen…

The key ingredients to make this smoked sausage chili skillet dinner are macaroni, kidney beans, and Hillshire Farm® smoked sausage. This fully cooked rope sausage is made with fine cuts of turkey, pork and beef, and traditional spices. And if this is your second or third time making this smoked sausage chili skillet recipe, Hillshire Farm® has even more handcrafted, farmhouse-quality sausages to use in your chili, including Naturals Uncured Polska Kielbasa Smoked Sausage, and Turkey or Beef Smoked Sausage.

For some people, it’s unclear if you’re supposed to eat chili before the main course or as the centerpiece of the meal. But chili shouldn’t be confused with an ordinary cup of chunky soup. It’s a savory meal that stands on its own just fine, especially when you make it with Hillshire Farm® smoked sausages, pasta, and beans.

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  • 1 package Hillshire Farm® Smoked Sausage
  • 2 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (small, chopped)
  • 2 garlic (minced)
  • 14 1/2 ounces chili style diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup frozen corn (thawed)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounces kidney beans (or pinto, drained)
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
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    1. Cut sausage into ¼” slices; set aside. Cook macaroni according to package directions; drain and keep warm.
    2. While macaroni is cooking, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Add sausage, onion, pepper and garlic; cook 4-5 minutes, stirring occasionally or until sausage is browned.
    3. Stir in tomatoes, corn, chili powder and salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook 10 minutes.
    4. Gently stir in cooked macaroni and drained beans; heat through, about 3 minutes. Sprinkle cheese over top, cover and cook over low heat until cheese melts, about 4 minutes.
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    NutritionView More

    Sodium27% DV650mg
    Fat22% DV14g
    Protein37% DV19g
    Carbs13% DV40g
    Fiber12% DV3g
    Calories350Calories from Fat130
    Total Fat14g22%
    Saturated Fat8g40%
    Trans Fat
    Calories from Fat130
    Total Carbohydrate40g13%
    Dietary Fiber3g12%
    Vitamin A25%
    Vitamin C90%

    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.