Hearty Italian Chili

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Cook: 30 min.


6-8 servings (2-1/4 quarts)

Updated: Nov. 13, 2023
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


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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