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I never really thought of Jimmy Dean as anything other than a breakfast company. I knew they made sausages and breakfast sandwiches but I thought that was it. Jimmy Dean also makes Sausage Crumbles, available in Turkey, Original Pork, and Hot and Spicy flavors. These Sausage Crumbles are full flavor, fully cooked and make a great addition to a wide variety of recipes.
I decided I was going try to make a chili with these Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles. At first I couldn’t find these in Walmart, Tops or Wegmans – but I was looking in the frozen food section near the breakfast stuff. Turns out I needed to look in the refrigerated cases by the bacon and italian sausages. I had wanted to try the Hot and Spicy flavor, but since none of my local stores had it in stock at the time, I got two bags of the Original Pork. The chili came out surprisingly good, and since I didn’t have to wait for the meat to thaw and then brown it up, the chili was ready fast!
For this chili I used:
- 1 small can of chopped green chilis
- 2 cans of diced tomatoes (you can use whatever kind you prefer, I used one can chili style, and one roasted garlic and onion flavor)
- 1 Can of tomato sauce
- 1 Can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 Can of chili beans
- 2 Cans of kidney beans
- 1/2 of a large red onion
- 2 Bags of Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles
- 1 packet of Tex Mex Chili seasoning
- 1 TBS minced Garlic (not pictured)
First I added all the canned ingredients and the seasoning mix to a large pot and set the burner to a medium heat.
While that was heating up, I added in the garlic and diced up the onion and added that to the pot.
Next I opened both bags of Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles and added them to the mix.
Since the crumbles were already cooked, I just had to heat them. I could have heated them separately in a pan, or in the microwave, but since the chili was already heating up while I was dicing up the onions I was able to add the crumbles right to the mix. I just stirred occasionally while it was heating to make sure that all the ingredients were being mixed together.
We usually use ground beef in our chili, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it with the Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles, but it turned out delicious! I definitely want to try the Hot and Spicy crumbles because I think it would give the chili that extra kick!
Have you tried the Jimmy Dean Sausage Crumbles Yet? If so, let me know what you thought! If you haven’t tried them yet, what dish do you think you could make with them?
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