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Cheesy Chili Smothered Brats

Cheesy Chili Smothered Brats
Cheesy Chili Smothered Brats
Want to "wow" your friends and family at the next summer cookout? Look no further than this showstopping crowd pleaser!

INGREDIENTS

For Chili:

  • 1 pound ground beef      BUY NOW
  • 1 can chili beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes with green chiles, drained
  • Chili seasoning (a seasoning packet or make your own)

For Brats:

  • 8 brats        BUY NOW
  • 8 brat buns
  • 2 Tbsp butter, softened but not melted
  • 2 cups shredded cheese (I use colby jack)

Optional:

  • Sour cream
  • Sliced jalapenos, as garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

*I cook the chili in advance and make the brats later. If you make it all at once, do steps 4 & 5 while browning the beef.

  1. Preheat oven to 425°
  2. Brown the ground beef over medium heat, drain.
    Tip: Don't drain the fat, and instead cook about 5 minutes longer to absorb flavor!
  3. Add chili seasoning, beans, tomatoes and chiles, and simmer until sauce is thickened, about 5-6 minutes. Stir frequently.
  4. Brown the brats on the grill or a nonstick skillet, rotating to cook evenly, about 10 minutes.
  5. Butter the insides of the brat buns and toast them in the oven in a greased 9x13 casserole dish for 3 minutes.
  6. Place brats in buns, top with chili, cover in cheese.
  7. Place in oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Top with sour cream and sliced jalapenos, if desired, and serve!

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