Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili Recipe


This 5-can “dump and go” sweet and spicy bratwurst chili recipe is made with Wisconsin bratwurst and it comes together so easily and quickly, you’ll want to make it tonight! Slow cooker adaptable and freezer friendly, too!
UPDATE: All giveaways mentioned in this post have ended and giveaway forms previously embedded into this post have been removed. 

Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili Recipe - Just 5 cans and 15 minutes is all it takes to make this delicious "dump and go" chili recipe. You can make it in a slow cooker, too!

I can’t believe my big 5-0 is TOMORROW!  Brian’s planning to take the rest of the week off of work to help me celebrate, because he’s leaving on a week long business trip on Monday.  He’s my rock, and I love that he understands how much I’ll miss him.  OKAY, maybe he just needs a break from work, but hey, I can pretend anything I want to about his reasoning 😉

TODAY’S recipes: My SWEET AND SPICY BRATWURST CHILI RECIPE (get the recipe below) , SARA made BROWN BUTTER HAZELNUT BIRTHDAY BROWNIES MONICA made BLUEBERRY CROSTADA These recipes are so good that your eyes may roll back into your head a little. No worries, though, because it’s not permanent… the easiest cure is to make and eat them! Oh, and wait until you see the GIVEAWAY PRIZES that are up for grabs!  CRAZY GOOD! I’m SO happy that you’re here to get in on this celebration! As a recap, here are the bloggers and brands that are celebrating with me this week: THE BLOGGERS

Gillian – The Haas Machine
Libby – Lemony Thyme


Frieda’s Produce – Frieda’s Produce
Melissa’s Produce – Melissa’s Produce
Stonyfield Yogurt – Stonyfield Yogurt
Late July Chips – Late July Chips
Olena at iFOODReal – Olena at iFOODReal


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There’ll be a whole new giveaway each day Monday through Thursday, so please stop back here each day to see what new prizes and recipes are up for grabs.

So here are the prizes up for grabs today:

Day 3 prize package for Chef Bec's 50th birthday bash giveaway and a Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili Recipe on ItsYummi.com


THREE winners will each receive a copy of the book “50 Best Plants on the Planet” from Melissa’s Produce Winner number 4 will receive a copy of the book”Surprise-Inside Cakes”, by Amanda Rettke (the blogger behind “I Am Baker”) Winner number 5 will receive their choice of a $25 Amazon gift card OR $25 Paypal cash *Disclaimer: I received a copy of “50 Best Plants on the Planet” with no obligation to review it. My thoughts and ideas on the book, and on Melissa’s Produce, are my own. No additional compensation has been or will be provided.

Here’s why today’s giveaway is near and dear to my heart, and why will YOU will be just as excited about it as I am! Some of you may already know the full story, but for those who don’t, I was given an amazing opportunity to attend a produce marketer’s conference in New Orleans last October. While I was there, I had the good fortune and honor to meet and chat one-on-one with the CEO of Melissa’s Produce. He was beyond generous with his time, and as we were wrapping up our conversation, he handed me a copy of their beautiful book, “50 Best Plants on the Planet”.

It’s not just any book, though. It’s a produce encyclopedia with coffee table photography and produce inspired recipes all rolled into one GORGEOUS book. I’ve learned SO much about produce from that book, it’s mind blowing. Living in Wisconsin makes it pretty difficult to get my hands on really great produce year-round, but the generous family at Melissa’s have helped me out several times, sending me samples of hard to come by fruits and veggies.  They acquire and sell produce from their 280,000 square foot office, warehouse complex, and state-of-the-art CCOF/QAI Certified Organic Packing Facility.

WOW, right?! I hope that they’ll invite me to visit their warehouse some day, because I’d love to take a tour and show you all some photos of how they’re able to receive produce shipments from all over the world, including ORGANIC products, and have them arrive so beautiful and fresh when they arrive at their final destination…in my case, in the middle of a cold Wisconsin winter!  I buy most of my Melissa’s products at Wal-Mart, but when I need something I can find, I head to their Web site and order it up.

I’m extremely impressed with the company’s Web site. It’s beyond easy to navigate and the resources available to visitors really “WOW” me. The site is updated monthly with recipes, food facts, and features that are easy and convenient to read, and really educational, too. I wish I known about Melissa’s a LONG time ago, but now that I’ve found them, I’m quite certain that they’ll have to file a stalking report to prevent me from hanging out on their website and social media pages. They’re on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and even Instagram! So if you have a shipping address within the United States of America, here’s your opportunity to enter this amazing birthday giveaway.

Now let’s move on to my delicious bratwurst chili recipe.

I should probably have titled this recipe “5-can dump it stew” or “lazy chef’s chili” because although it’s packed with flavor, making it taste like it stewed for hours, it literally takes 15 minutes to make.

Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili Recipe from ItsYummi.com - 5 cans & 15 minutes to "dinner's done"!

Oh, and if you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to chili, I’ve got a couple of other recipes that you’ll definitely want to check out.

Turkey Chili Con Frijoles (with beans)

Bison Chili with Black Beans

Chili Cheese Corn Dog Casserole


Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Spicy bratwurst is combined with sweet fruit salsa, black beans, tomatoes, and a bit of heat to create this quick and easy dinner. 5 cans + 15 minutes = "dinner's done"!

Servings: 4 -6
Calories: 71 kcal
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 1 medium green bell pepper diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 lb uncooked ground bratwurst (or pre-cooked brats diced)
  • 16 oz (2 cups) fruit salsa (I use Renfro's Pineapple Habenero)
  • 16 oz (2 cups) black bean & corn salsa (I use Newman’s Own®)
  • 12 oz can cooked black beans well rinsed and drained
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobe sauce finely chopped
  • 1 cup frozen corn niblets
  • 14 oz (roughly 2 cups) diced Mexican style w/green pepper and onion or fire roasted tomatoes
  • 8 oz cranberry-apple preserves
  1. Melt butter in a large soup or stock pot. Add onions, peppers, and garlic and sauté until onions are translucent, about 3 minutes.
  2. Add bratwurst and cook until it’s browned, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Garnish with blue corn chips, green onions, shredded cheese and/or sour cream.
Recipe Notes

SLOW COOKER VARIATION: If you really want to, this recipe can be made in a slow cooker. Just brown the ground bratwurst and place it into a slow cooker with all of the other ingredients. Set it to low for a couple of hours and BOOM... you have dinner waiting for you when you get home.

Nutrition Facts
Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 71 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 8mg 3%
Sodium 264mg 11%
Potassium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 0%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili recipe from ItsYummi.com - 5 cans & 15 minutes to make this quick chili recipe. Slow cooker adaptable and freezer friendly, too!



25 Replies to "Sweet and Spicy Bratwurst Chili Recipe"

  • Brittany November 5, 2016 (6:50 pm)

    Made this today. I didn’t see a pineapple salsa, so I went with the peach mango salsa. It was super yummy.

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  • Gigi cuccaro January 31, 2014 (6:52 am)

    This looks great. Perfect football fare.

    • Chef Becca January 31, 2014 (12:40 pm)

      Thanks, Gigi! Hope you’ll give it a try sometime!

  • Melissa W January 30, 2014 (12:09 pm)

    For some reason I am not able to see your raffle-copter on this giveaway.. 🙂 but your recipes look delicious@!

  • Karen D January 30, 2014 (10:42 am)

    Happy birthday today! Hope you have a great day!

    Also wondering how to enter? Thanks!

    • Chef Becca January 30, 2014 (10:58 am)

      Thanks, Karen! Scroll down to the bottom of the post and you’ll see the giveaway widget

      • Karen D January 30, 2014 (1:34 pm)

        I have, and reloaded the page a number of times, both yesterday and today, but no form is showing up. 🙁

        • Melissa W January 30, 2014 (5:16 pm)

          The same with me…

        • Chef Becca January 30, 2014 (7:12 pm)

          I’m so sorry, Karen! The giveaway code was stripped from the blog during one of the edits that I made to the post. As of right now, it should be working again. I’ve extended the giveaway through Sunday, so I hope you’ll come back and enter!

  • Kari January 30, 2014 (3:12 am)

    I am making this for Super Bowl Sunday!!
    well, forget it, if I wait til then, the guys’ll all eat it — I’m making it tomorrow!

    • Chef Becca January 30, 2014 (6:56 am)

      Ha! Having grown up with a couple of big guys in the house, I can relate, Kari!
      Thankfully, this chili is so easy to make, you can have more than enough for everyone!

  • Rust January 29, 2014 (6:23 pm)

    15 minutes to make – i like!

    • Chef Becca January 29, 2014 (8:31 pm)

      It’s an amazingly easy, delicious dinner!

  • Christine (Cook the Story) January 29, 2014 (12:09 pm)

    Loving the idea of a bratwurst chili! Yum!

    • Chef Becca January 29, 2014 (5:01 pm)

      It brings out the best of Wisconsin in everyone, Chris! 😉

  • Tammy Seigle January 29, 2014 (11:47 am)

    Yumm I may need to use this for our chili cook off next month 😉

    • Chef Becca January 29, 2014 (5:03 pm)

      Give it a shot! Throw some beer in one hand and this chili in the other! 🙂

  • Karen @ Baking In A Tornado January 29, 2014 (9:02 am)

    Bratwurst Chili using fruit salsa? You never cease to amaze me. Putting it all on my shopping list.

    • Chef Becca January 29, 2014 (5:05 pm)

      Ha! Thank you, Karen. I’m not sure if I’m anything special…just a good old Wisconsin girl

  • Kitchen Kelli January 29, 2014 (6:44 am)

    Bratwurst in chili? Never thought of it but boy does it sounds delicious! Lots of wonderful posts here and I can’t wait to go through all of them!

    • Chef Becca January 29, 2014 (6:45 am)

      Living in Wisconsin makes it possible for me to live and breathe bratwurst, Kelli. I sub it for Italian sausage all the time, so if you’re not into the taste of them, this recipe would be just as tasty with ground Italian sausage 🙂

      Thanks SO much for coming by!

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