Chili Dog Casserole
Homemade chili and bratwurst are baked to perfection. Get all the flavors of the classic chili dog, without all of the guilt.
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  1. medium yellow onion - 1/2, diced
  2. grassfed ground beef - 1 pound
  3. bulk Italian sausage - 1 pound
  4. diced tomatoes with their juices - two 14.5 ounce cans
  5. frozen green, yellow, and red bell pepper strips - 14 ounce bag
  6. chili powder - 2 Tbsp
  7. paprika - 1 tsp
  8. ground cumin - 1 tsp
  9. garlic powder - 1 tsp
  10. bay leaf - 2
  11. tomato sauce - 15 ounces
  12. ground cayenne pepper - 1/2 tsp
  1. bratwurst sausages - 4 (1 pound)
  2. butternut squash - 4 cups, shredded
Condiments (optional)
  1. avocado - 3
  2. lime - 1, juiced
  3. black olives - sliced
  4. sea salt - to taste
  5. freshly ground black pepper - to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
  2. Saute onion, ground beef, and sausage in a medium saucepan or skillet until just cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining chili ingredients to the pan, stir, and simmer on low for an hour or more. Alternately, transfer the meat mixture to a crock pot, add the chili ingredients, and cook on low for a couple of hours.
  4. Cut bratwurst crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Add fat of your choice to a skillet and brown bratwurst on both sides. I let mine cook for a couple of minutes on each side until they developed a nice crust.
  5. Shred squash using a food processor (or a hand grater if you've got some extra time). Saute squash in a large skillet with 1 Tbsp of fat. Transfer to a square baking dish and press down firmly.
  6. Top with bratwurst medallions, arranged in a single layer.
  7. Scoop about 7 cups of chili over the brats, reserve the rest for another use.
  8. Bake casserole for 30-40 minutes or until bubbly. Remove from oven and let rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  9. While casserole rests, combine avocado, lime juice, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Scoop casserole into shallow bowls and top with avocado mixture.
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