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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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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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Nutrition Facts

488.9 calories; 28.3 g protein; 34.5 g carbohydrates; 82.1 mg cholesterol; 1407.4 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (49)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2007
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. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
10/06/2009
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. Read More
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57 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 38
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2007
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. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/11/2008
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! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
10/06/2009
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. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/16/2006
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2007
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! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/25/2005
My mother used to make a dish very similar and it was everyone's favorite! This was delicious. It is definitly different than your average chili but very good. I will definitely make this again. Don't pass this up you will love it too. Read More
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