Patriots Chili: A Blue Ribbon Recipe Written by April McBriarty-Weismann on 2/3/2012 10:53 AM in Patriots Chili: A Blue Ribbon Recipe. It has 0 Comments. As we approach Super Bowl weekend, I would like to extend some good karma to The New England Patriots by offering up my Blue Ribbon chili recipe. I call this chili "Blue Ribbon" because I gave the recipe to a friend of mine whose idea of cooking is opening the freezer door. She called me one evening fretting as she thought it would be fun to enter a Chili-fest, but realized she would actually have to cook something and didn't have a recipe. Out of guilt I offered her my recipe which got her 1st prize out of 20 other entrants. Like The Patriots, it is a winner. Makes 8 servings 6 ounces of hot Italian sausage 2 cups chopped onions 1 cup chopped green bell peppers 8 garlic cloves, minced 1lb. ground sirloin 1 jalapeno pepper, chopped 2 Tblsp chili powder 2 Tblsp brown sugar 1 Tblsp ground cumin 3 Tbls tomato paste 1 tsp dried oregano 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp salt 2 bay leaves 1 1/4 cups Merlot 2 28 ounce cans whole tomatoes, undrained and coarsely chopped 2 15 ounce cans kidney beans, drained 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1. Heat a large pot over medium-high heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage and next 5 ingredients (onion - jalapeno) to pan; cook 8 minutes or until sausage and beef are browned, stirring to crumble. 2. Add chili powder and next 7 ingredients (brown sugar - bay leaves) and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in wine, tomatoes and kidney beans; bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat for 1 hour; stirring occasionally. 3. Uncover and cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Discard bay leaves. Serve in bowls, topping with cheddar.