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Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives

Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives is a perfect low-carb chili for the Super Bowl, but it’s definitely a chili recipe you should make more than once a year! 

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For years a recipe called Not Just for the Super Bowl Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives was my signature chili recipe for Denny family Super Bowl parties, and it got the name when we decided this chili was too good to save just for the Super Bowl! That was a recipe that used canned black and red beans, and it made a big pot of chili, like you would make for the Super Bowl!

Of course, fast forward more than ten years since I first made that chili and now I’m having fun converting some of my favorite long-ago recipes to low-carb versions. This new recipe for Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives has ground beef, pork sausage, mushrooms, and olives of course, along with traditional chili ingredients like onions, garlic, tomato sauce, and lots of spices. The new version also makes a big pot of chili on the stove, and it doesn’t have any beans but it’s loaded with amazing chili flavors!

Of course some of you still might like to make one of the original versions with red beans that makes 18 servings or 10 servings, so you can click that link to find the printer-friendly recipes for those earlier versions. But if you’re looking for a low-carb chili that you can use to make a big pot of chili for Super Bowl Sunday, this new Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives is definitely a winner!

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How to Make Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives:

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  1. Brown pork sausage well, breaking apart as it cooks. Add the sausage to large soup pot. 
  2. Add oil to the pan if needed and brown the ground beef well and add it to the soup pot. 
  3. Add beef broth, tomato sauce, water, and diced tomatoes  to the soup pot and let mixture start to simmer.
  4. While meats brown, chop the onions. Add more olive oil to the frying pan and cook cook onions 3-4 minutes, until they’re barely starting to brown.
  5. Add minced garlic, ground cumin (affiliate link), Mexican Oregano (affiliate link), chile powder, ground Ancho chile (affiliate link), dried cilantro (affiliate link), and 4 packets Goya Sazon Seasoning (affiliate link) and cook about 1 minute. (Don’t stress if you don’t have every spice I used. Use a bit more of the ones you do have.) 
  6. Add the onion-spice mixture to the soup pot and continue to simmer.  Cut up the mushrooms and slice the olives in half. 
  7. Wipe out the frying pan if you think it needs it. Add more olive oil to the frying pan and cook mushrooms until they have released their liquid and it is evaporated. Add mushrooms and olives to the soup pot.
  8. Turn the stove to low and simmer chili 1-2 hours, or until it’s thickened and flavors are well blended.
  9. Serve hot, with toppings like cheese, sour cream, and avocado if desired.

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More Low-Carb Chili That’s Not Just for the Super Bowl:

Instant Pot Low-Carb Ground Beef Olive Lover’s Chili ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
Low-Carb and Keto Instant Pot Chili Recipes ~ Slow Cooker or Pressure Cooker
Instant Pot Low-Carb All-Beef Ancho and Anaheim Chili ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen
10 Amazing Low-Carb Chili Recipes ~ Kalyn’s Kitchen

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

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Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives

Yield 10 servings
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours

This Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives is a chili recipe you should make more than once a year, but it's also perfect for the Super Bowl!

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground pork sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 2 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 14 oz. cans beef broth (see notes)
  • 1 8 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water (rinse out tomato sauce can)
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 med onion, diced small
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1 1/2 T ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 T dried Mexican oregano (see notes)
  • 1 1/2 T ground chili powder
  • 1 T  ground Ancho chile (see notes)
  • 4 packets Goya Sazon Seasoning
  • 1 T dried cilantro
  • 24 oz. brown mushrooms, cut in quarters (see notes)
  • 2 6 oz. cans black olives, drained and cut in half lengthwise
  • salt/pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Brown the pork sausage well in a frying pan over medium-high heat, breaking apart with a turner or a potato masher (affiliate link) as it cooks. Add the sausage to large soup pot.
  2. Add a little oil to the pan if needed and then brown the ground beef well and add it to the soup pot.
  3. Add beef broth, tomato sauce, water, and diced tomatoes  to the soup pot and let the mixture start to simmer.
  4. While meats brown, chop the onions. Add about 1 tsp. more olive oil to the frying pan and cook cook onions 3-4 minutes, until they are barely starting to brown.
  5. Add minced garlic, ground cumin (affiliate link), Mexican Oregano (affiliate link), chili powder, ground Ancho chile (affiliate link), dried cilantro (affiliate link), and 4 packets Goya Sazon Seasoning (affiliate link) and cook about 1 minute. (Don't stress if you don't have every spice I used. Use a bit more of the ones you do have.)
  6. Add the onion-spice mixture to the soup pot and continue to simmer.  Cut up the mushrooms and slice the olives in half (or keep olives whole if you prefer.)
  7. Wipe out the frying pan if you think it needs it. Add two tsp. more olive oil to the frying pan and cook mushrooms until they have released their liquid and all liquid is evaporated. Add mushrooms and olives to the soup pot.
  8. Turn the stove to low and simmer chili 1-2 hours, or until it's thickened and flavors are well blended. Season with salt and fresh-ground black pepper to taste.
  9. Serve hot, with toppings like cheese, sour cream, and avocado if desired.

Notes

Use 3 1/2 cups homemade beef stock if you're lucky enough to have some. Mexican Oregano (affiliate link) is best for this but you regular oregano if that's all you have. If you don't have ground Ancho chile (affiliate link) just use a bit more of the chili powder you have. Goya Sazon Seasoning (affiliate link) is sold near Mexican foods and is a wonderful product but just use a bit more of the other seasonings if you don't have it. Use regular white mushrooms if you prefer.

Recipe adapted from Not just for the Super Bowl Chili which was created by Kalyn and served at many Denny Family Super Bowl parties. First posted 2006; updated to low-carb version January 2020.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 8gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 79mgSodium: 1542mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 24g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Low-carb no-bean chili like this Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives is great for low-carb and Keto diets. For Keto you might want to use less tomatoes or replace some of the mushrooms with more sausage or beef. The original version with many of the same ingredients plus beans is great for any phase of the South Beach Diet. South Beach would recommend using turkey sausage and very lean ground beef; take your choice on that for low-carb or Keto diets.

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    30 Comments on “Beef Chili with Sausage, Mushrooms, and Olives”

  1. Loved this, fried up the meats and onion and threw it in the crockpot for a few hours along with the rest of the ingredients. Smelled great. I am one of those people to whom cilantro tastes like soap (read somewhere it is in our genetics) so used dried parsley instead. Had to adjust seasonings as didn’t have the exotic ones. Also added a chopped green pepper and a couple of chopped celery stalks.

  2. Comments before this one are for the original chili red with red and black beans that’s linked in this post.

  3. I find that when I don't eat sugar, rice, pasta, and wheat products the cravings for those higher carb foods definitely does go away. Unfortunately, if you start eating them again, the craving comes right back.

    Good luck! You can do it.

  4. Hi Kayln,

    I just started South Beach Phase 1 and I have tried your recipe yesterday, I used chicken. We dont cook beef and pork at home:-(. It was delicious. SO I made it again today. It is still delicious and My husband is a picky eater and he ate this without any complaints This was the first time I cooked black beans. Your blog was what inspired me to go for the way of living and secondly my love for legumes and the fact that I cannot calorie count

    I am on day 4 today. I find that I have no craving for anything. I am not a candy person but I used to have rice twice a day. IS it normal to not have any craving or withdrawal? I did have 1/2 tsp sugar yesterday and today.

  5. Yes, I did know that and I've read that people from northern Europe are more likely to not enjoy cilantro. It makes it a challenge when some people love it so much and others hate it just as strongly!

  6. Did you know that cilantro-haters actually taste something different than cilantro-lovers?

    The haters taste soap, or dirty feet, whereas lovers taste something fresh and clean.

    It could actually be hereditary.

    I, personally, don't like mint in anything but chewing gum. It just doesn't taste right to me in anything else….like throwing chewing gum into a savory dish.

    Who knew?

  7. Yes, my niece married a confirmed cilantro hater, and there are a few others in the family too. More cilantro for us, right?

  8. Don't you love those cilantro haters? 🙂

    I have a Brazilian friend who visited me years ago and he made me promise to not even have a cilantro plant in the backyard.. Amazing, since cilantro is quite prominent in Brazilian cooking… I think there's not middle term with cilantro, people love it (count me in) or despise it!

  9. Hi Kalyn
    “Your” chili is simmering on my stove as I write this (in two pots since I went whole hog and did the full recipe) and my house has the greatest aromas streaming thru. Taking some to my daughter’s house tomorrow, freezing some as you suggested, and eating the rest on Sunday even though we will not be superbowling it. Thanks again Kalyn for this lovely recipe.