How to Make a Perfect Cold Winter’s Night Meal

Holiday How To — Day 18 — Each day leading up to Christmas I’ll post a bit of holiday know-how that will help make your season a little easier.

We have a few more days before winter technically begins, but when the weather outside is frightful nothing is more comforting than a piping hot bowl of chili. In this recipe, Chicken and Apple Sausage stands in for traditional ground meat. A quick sauté, simmer and a finishing splash of lime juice and you can have a bowl full of chili ready in no time.

Chicken & Apple Sausage Chili

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium red bell pepper, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

12 oz Aidell’s Chicken & Apple Sausage, cut in half lengthwise then sliced ¼-inch thick

1 15-oz can diced tomatoes

1 15-oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup apple juice

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Heat oil in a medium saucepot over medium high heat. Add onion, red bell pepper and garlic, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with a big pinch of salt and cook until vegetables are soft, 3-5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add sausage and cook until warm, about a minute. Stir in tomatoes, beans, chicken stock and apple juice. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5-10 minutes.

Stir in lime juice and cilantro. Season to taste and serve.

Optional Garnish: Sour cream & diced avocado.

Makes about 10 cups.

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