Harvest Chili


Chicken-apple sausage pairs with tangy-sweet cooked apples instead of that chili regular--tomatoes. Serve this chili over hot cooked polenta.

Harvest Chili
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs


  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 ½ pound cooked chicken-apple sausage links, cut in 1-inch pieces

  • 2 large red onions, chopped (3 cups)

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut in 3/4-inch chunks (about 6 cups)

  • 2 teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 3 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and cut in 3/4-inch slices

  • 1 15-16 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed, drained, and slightly mashed

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh sage or tiny sage leaves

  • Golden Delicious or other apple, sliced in rings


  1. In a large Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the sausage; cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until browned, stirring occasionally. Remove sausage with a slotted spoon.

  2. In the same pan, cook onion and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until nearly tender. Add the squash; cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the chili powder, salt, and cayenne; cook for 1 minute. Return the sausage to pan. Add broth; bring to boiling, then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 8 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat remaining oil over medium-high heat. Cook apple slices in hot oil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until light brown. Transfer apples along with beans to chili. Simmer for 3 to 4 minutes, until apples are tender. Top servings of chili with sage and apple rings.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

356 Calories
11g Fat
48g Carbs
20g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 356
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 944mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 20g
Vitamin C 30.1mg 151%
Calcium 90.9mg 7%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 699mg 15%
Folate, total 44.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.3mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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