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Italian Chili Recipe

Italian Chili Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

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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."

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."

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."

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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