Italian Style Chili Recipe -
Italian Style Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Italian Style Chili

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"This is an easy to make departure from your traditional chili. This recipe calls for pepperoni, mushrooms and a jar of prepared spaghetti sauce. Every time I make this for others, I am always asked for the recipe."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    5 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    45 mins


  1. Crumble ground beef into a large stock pot over medium-high heat. Add onions, and cook, stirring, until beef is evenly browned. Drain grease, if necessary.
  2. Pour in the spaghetti sauce, water, sugar, tomatoes, mushrooms, pepperoni, bouillon, chili powder and kidney beans. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer uncovered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, to blend flavors.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
May 14, 2007

I just won my office's chili cook off with this recipe. Like others I substituted spicy Italian sausage for the ground beef and I diced the pepperoni. We also added chopped green bell pepper as others suggested. We also upped the chili powder a little.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 06, 2009

I was really excited when I read this recipe. This was my first time making chili but all of the ingredients sounded great. I made this in the crock pot, let it cook for 8 hours. I added garlic. These 2 things are the only differences, otherwise I made the recipe as instructed. My husband and I both felt that this did not feel like chili. It felt like an awesome spaghetti sauce instead. It is also mild (but tasty), so if you decide to make this and desire spicy you'll want to add some extra kick to this. I am sad that we feel this way because all of the other reviews made me extra excited for this. Sorry though... next time I make it I'm gonna leave out the beans and pour it over noodles. Maybe it's just us, but that's how we felt.


52 Ratings

Oct 20, 2006

This was a fantastic chili! I make chili once a year for my job'a annual chili cook off and I tried this one and it was the only crock pot to be emptied and I won - easily. Very easy to prepare and tasty - and I don't even like chili! This is a repeater!

Mar 19, 2007

When I first looked her, two of five reviewers here won first place in their chili cook-offs. Imagine my surprise when my Italian Chili also won First Place! That was against seven other chilis with 21 tasters and mine was the first one served! By the way, I only made the chili once before to prep for the contest. I let it 'slow' cook for 12 hours till the 1 pm contest time and it was great. For the contest I added one long green pepper, one green pepper, more mushrooms, one Mild Italian sausage link. The rest was per the recipe. Comments were: nice texture, surprising to find pepperoni salami, great sauce taste, the mushrooms were a nice addition, sauce just hot enough.

Jan 11, 2007

This was very good and very different from the standard chili - which is what I was after! I did change a few things and used spicy italian sausage in place of the beef, fresh baby bella mushrooms instead of canned, more chili powder, added about a teaspoon of cumin, a couple of tablespoons of minced garlic, and used pepparoni sausages which were diced instead of using slices of them. Also threw in a chopped green bell pepper and some red pepper flakes. I cooked this in the slow cooker (cooking the meat, pepper and onion the night before) and came home to a great meal. Even a friend, who normally hates chili, gave this one two thumbs up. Thanks, I am sure I'll try this one again when in need of something chili - with a twist!

Jan 11, 2008

Delicious and different! I made this because I didn't want to have to live up to a family member's traditional style chili that we all rave about. I figured this would be a great compromise. I've made this a few times now. My husband requests it often. I usually make a double batch, but I use half ground beef & half sweet Italian sausage. I use fresh mushrooms, and add extra, because the mushrooms are really stand-out in this recipe. I've used 1 can kidney and 1 can cannellini beans, but I think I'm switching to all cannellini, because they really are terrific with these flavors. Now my family thinks of this as MY chili and it's not just the other family member whose praises are sung!

Feb 09, 2007

I loved this recipe! It gave a nice twist on the same old chili recipe. Also, my son - who is 10 - usually doesn't want to eat the regular chili, but gobbles this up. I did enter this in a contest (there were 25 other contestants) and everyone, especially the kids, loved it. Thanks!

Nov 16, 2006

This was a great recipe! I do not eat chili, but I make it for my company's annual chili cook off. This is only the 2nd pot of chili I have ever made! And out of 14 pots including some from local restaraunts, I won first place! Eveyone asked for this recipe!


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  • Calories
  • 489 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.5 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Fat
  • 26 g
  • 40%
  • Fiber
  • 9.1 g
  • 36%
  • Protein
  • 28.3 g
  • 57%
  • Sodium
  • 1407 mg
  • 56%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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