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Mushroom Salsa Chili

Green, sweet red and yellow peppers give this hearty chili a splash of color. I often fix it for my grandsons. Because they don't like spicy chili, I use mild salsa, but try it with a hotter variety if you prefer. —Richard Rundels, Waverly, Ohio
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. Cook: 8 hours
  • Makes
    8 servings (3 quarts)


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk pork sausage
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3 cups chunky salsa
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
  • 1/2 cup each chopped green, sweet red and yellow peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • Optional toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream and thinly sliced green onions


  • In a large skillet, cook beef and sausage over medium heat 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink, breaking into crumbles; drain. Transfer to a 5- or 6-qt. slow cooker.
  • Stir in beans, salsa, tomatoes, onion, tomato sauce, mushrooms, peppers and seasonings. Cook, covered, on low 8-10 hours or until flavors are blended. Add toppings of your choice.

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  • Miklos
    Apr 27, 2018

    So this salsa is wonderful for sure! The only thing that I decided to do differently then the recipe is to add a whole teaspoon of ’Sweet Bite chili sauce,( world best chili sauce in 2017 ) i get as a present from my friend and it really tasted wonderful. This salsa has a great refreshing taste and I you can really make it as mild or hot as you want it based on how much chili you add. I am a college student so I am always looking for things to snack on or take for group dinners and this is pretty cost effective and delicious, making it the perfect option!

  • Julie
    Oct 26, 2017

    I have made this three times already this year. It is wonderful. I do use hot sausage and 2 cups hot salsa and 1 cup medium salas. I also double the amount of mushrooms because I love them. Excellent recipe and so simple. Thank you so much.

  • JodiPenn
    Sep 14, 2015

    This chili is spectacular!! I prefer this to regular chili.I use Nacho chips to eat it with. So delicious!!!

  • ingsky
    Sep 17, 2013

    I used ground turkey instead of pork sausage and added only one can of beans, but otherwise I followed the recipe faithfully. It is delicious! Will definitely make this again!

  • topaz41
    Jan 7, 2013

    Excellent!! Very easy to make & a pleasentchange from the usual flavors like chili powder. My husband enjoyed it too & he likes spicy foods.

  • wolfegrl1
    Jun 25, 2012

    This is more of a light "summer" chili. I added more peppers, doubled the spices, added some black pepper for a little warmth and an extra can of beans and we loved it. Oh, I also used fresh mushrooms.

  • alzingone
    Jun 2, 2012

    Definitely one of the best chili recipes I've tried!

  • dfausnacht
    May 8, 2012

    I also used fresh mushrooms, and was pleasantly surprised to find this is a step or two up from your typical chili.

  • TeresaWitt
    May 6, 2012

    Really just average. The mushrooms are a nice touch, but way too many beans. Not as hearty tasting as many other chili recipes.

  • jillandrews
    Feb 22, 2012

    I have made a lot of chili over the years and thought this one was just average. I didn't add the mushrooms and needed to add a lot of extra spices to give it some zing.