Hearty Italian Chili Recipe
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Hearty Italian Chili Recipe

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Meet the Cook: Beginning when I was just 5 years old, I was my grandmother's constant helper in the kitchen. And, like her, I can't seem to follow a recipe without changing it! That's how this one came about when I got bored with plain chili. The first time I served it at a potluck, people passed around copies of the recipe. My husband and I have three grown children and three grandchildren. -Chloe Buckner, Edinburg, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:6-8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 6-8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 can or jar (26-1/2 to 30 ounces) spaghetti sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 jar (4-1/2 ounces) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup halved sliced pepperoni
  • 5 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 319 calories, 15g fat (5g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 1144mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 6g fiber), 21g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef, sausage, onion and green pepper over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Yield: 6-8 servings (2-1/4 quarts).
Originally published as Hearty Italian Chili in Country Woman January/February 1996, p33

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mommylabonte18 User ID: 590704 8675
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2010

"My family really liked this chili. It was easy to make and very tasty. To suit our personal tastes, I did add a little bit of sugar and some garlic. I kept everything else the same. Thanks for sharing!"

bjriha User ID: 1015415 19557
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"I made this chili for a Chili Cookoff and it won second place. Everyone loved it. Thank you for the recipe."

ahmom User ID: 3426126 10494
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2009 Edited Jul. 31, 2016

"I LOVE this chili. I won 3 chili contests with this recipe. I added a can of cola.

Since this review, I won another contest with the recipe. I add 2 cans of beans."

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