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

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 pound Johnsonville® Mild Ground 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 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.

Directions

  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

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 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.

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Reviewed Mar. 12, 2010

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

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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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