Easy Weeknight Chili
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Easy Weeknight Chili with Black Beans, Pinto Beans, and Sweet Italian Sausage

Dinner doesn't get any easier than this healthy, hearty weeknight chili with sweet Italian sausage, two types of beans, and your favorite toppings of choice. Enjoy fully loaded!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American, Gluten Free, Paleo Option
Keyword: easy chili recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 585kcal
Author: EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist


  • 2 teaspoons high oleic expeller pressed sunflower oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet Italian sausage
  • 1 small sweet onion or 1/2 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 14.5 oz can chopped or diced tomatoes
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup vegetable broth i.e. "no chicken" broth
  • 15 ounce can black beans
  • 15 ounce can pinto beans
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • Toppings of choice Chopped onion, grated cheddar cheese, chopped avocado, chopped cilantro, sour cream or Greek yogurt.


  • Heat oil in a large saucepan or dutch oven over medium heat. Removed casings from sausage, add to pan and cook until sausage is no longer pink (~7-10 minutes). Removed sausage from pan into a small bowl using a slotted spoon, and set aside.
  • Add chopped onion and mined garlic to pan with meat drippings, and stir until onion is tender.
  • Return cooked sausage to pan and add beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste. Add 1/2 cup broth and stir in with other ingredients. Add an additional 1/4 cup if more liquid is desired.
  • Add spices and salt and pepper to taste, then turn heat down to low and simmer for ~ 20 minutes.
  • Divide in to 6 bowls and garnish with toppings of choice.


Make it your own! Omit meat for a vegetarian version; omit meat and cheese for a vegan version. Add extra veggies {butternut squash, sweet potatoes, fresh or frozen corn, pumpkin, chopped peppers, etc.}; add additional varieties of beans and/or lentils; stir in cooked whole grains such as sorghum, rice, millet, buckwheat, or quinoa. Have fun experimenting!


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 585kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 1721mg | Potassium: 1185mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1550IU | Vitamin C: 18.4mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 6.1mg