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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. My husband is a BIG chili fan! Thnaks for passing this along…I collect chili recipes for when I need to entice big favors out of him…heehee 🙂

  2. I had never heard of what we always called chilli con carne called just ‘chilli’ until I inadvertently ordered nachos with chilli on a trip to New York and was horrified to find it was a minced beef stew rather than some chilli peppers (as a vegetarian I sent it back and asked for a vegetarian nachos as I couldn’t eat it) – so I can tell you that it is not just non-English speakers who may find the use of chilli and chile foreign! Hope you enjoy the super bowl!

  3. Pearl, I love cumin! Never too much cumin for me.

    Cajun, my brother feels the same way about cilantro, so you have my blessing to leave it out.

  4. Hi, Kalyn,
    I use breakfast sausage in my holiday dressing and I slice and simmer it in water to cover until water is almost gone. This renders almost all of the fat and really leaves nothing but good sausage flavor. This is also the technique Wendy’s uses to cook hamburger for their chili. I’m going to try your recipe and just for the record, cilantro tastes just like soap to me.

  5. i love chili – i always add tonnnns of cumin and herbs! 🙂

  6. Michael, I wouldn’t drain the tomatoes, just add with liquid. I see I didn’t say in this recipe to drain and rinse the beans but I would do that now, so I’ll edit the recipe. Thanks!

  7. Football and food, the perfect combo! I am excited for Sunday. I better get my menu together. Chili is a great idea!

  8. Just for clarification, do you drain and rinse the black beans and do you drain and rinse the tomatoes? My instincts would be to drain and rinse both and add tomato sauce if needed. Z

  9. Carole, my thoughts about it exactly. When I go to the superbowl parties, I feel like I should wear a sign “I’m just here for the food!”

  10. Hi Kalyn. You don’t have to worry about your photo on this one. After reading your list of ingredients, my tummy’s imagination started salivating. Will definitely add this recipe to my favorites even though I have one question: “what is the superball?” Ha Ha

  11. Really glad people can see past this photo to how good the recipe is! The most fun thing of all about reposting this is that I just heard from Lisa–In a Nutshell yesterday who had stopped blogging. Then I updated and posted this recipe and there was a comment from her!

    My crazy crazy life, two cans of black olives are listed in the ingredients. You worried me there, thought I forgot to include it!

    Julie, great to hear from someone who’s made it. This is definitely the favorite chili recipe of my family.

  12. Kayln, I love all your recipes, but this is one of my favorite! I make a big pot and freeze it and have it for lunch when its really cold (in fact, I have some ready for today!). I plan on making it for my Super Bowl party this Sunday as well!

  13. Dang, this looks like a great chili! When I used to live in Chapel HIll many years ago, our company won the annual chili cook off contest in town. Our secret ingredient, suggested by our boss who was from Texas? A little Orange Juice!

  14. This is a lovely post of this recipe! Makes me want to come back to the States…just for the food lol
    Unfortunately, you don't get to enjoy the get-togethers like the Superbowl & Chili dinners when you're on vacations. Which is a shame! Especially as I've always wanted to enjoy the atmosphere!
    Hey ho.

  15. What are the black things…they look like olives?

  16. Love red beans and that dish looks yummy,Kalyn.

  17. Yum, sounds like a great chili. I have both haters and lovers of cilantro in this family too 🙂

  18. Sounds good, Kalyn–I hope you have a great party!

    Cilantro lovers and haters in the same family?! It’s just amazing! 😉

  19. You and me both on the Penzey’s ads! hee hee!

  20. Great post. And the chili looks delicious! : )