Italian Chili Recipe
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Italian Chili Recipe

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By adding Italian seasoning and fresh veggies, our Test Kitchen put an Italian spin on traditional Southwestern-style chili and created this slow-simmered hearty dish.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 6-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound bulk Italian sausage
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 cup diced zucchini
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 316 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 52mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 8g fiber), 25g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat until no longer pink. Meanwhile, in a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the tomatoes, tomato sauce, onion, red pepper, water, celery, broth, chili powder, Italian seasoning, sugar, garlic and salt.
  2. Drain beef mixture; add to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or until vegetables are tender.
  3. Add the beans, mushrooms, zucchini and parsley. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Italian Chili in Simple & Delicious November/December 2006, p43

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jewels_ks User ID: 3308989 222725
Reviewed Mar. 13, 2015

"I made this chili for a chili cook off at work and won "Most Unusual Ingredient". I got lots of compliments and I absolutely loved it. I only made one change and took out the sugar. I'm just not a fan of any sweetness in my entrees."

BammieBea User ID: 6903056 83978
Reviewed Oct. 6, 2012

"Most excellent! I used green pepper and lots of my own Italian spices- basil, oregano, thyme, and just a pinch of sage, fennel and nutmeg. Used ground buffalo- much leaner, and added a can of chick peas."

joniotto User ID: 1827180 207419
Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010 Edited Oct. 22, 2015

"Very good recipe! I ended up cooking my vegetables on high a little closer to an hour or so until they were tender."

daisey5 User ID: 146806 61344
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I used ground turkey and Italian turkey sausage to make it healthy. It turned out really good."

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