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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

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

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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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