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Hot Italian Chili

Hot Italian Chili

Lisa Kamolnick
Sweet hot chili with an Italian flare. Spicy sausage is rounded out by a blend of beans, and the white corn adds a touch of sweetness to seal the deal. Try different protein and bean combos for variety.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8 cups


  • Slow Cooker


  • 1 to 1 ½ lb Hot Italian sausage or use a meat substitute, may substitute mild sausage as well
  • 1 C (8 oz.) cooked black beans drained
  • 1 C (8 oz.) cooked pinto beans drained
  • 1 C (8 oz.) cooked cannelloni beans drained
  • 1 C white corn kernels drained (yellow also ok, or a mix of the two)
  • 3 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small white or yellow onion chopped (about 1/2 C)
  • ¼ C red bell pepper chopped
  • ¼ C orange bell pepper chopped
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp coarse ground salt
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 2 TBSP chili powder
  • 1 TBSP paprika
  • 1 TBSP sweet basil dried or chopped
  • 1 TBSP red pepper flakes adjust to taste
  • 1 TBSP brown sugar dark or light
  • 16 oz tomato sauce
  • 16 oz diced tomato fresh or canned
  • 8 oz tomato paste
  • 8 oz water
  • Shredded mozzarella or Parmesan cheese


  • Cook sausage in pan on medium heat, drain, and place in large crockpot.
  • Add all other ingredients except cheese to slow cooker and stir.
    Hot Italian Chili
  • Best cooked on low setting but will tolerate faster cooking on high. Can also be cooked on stovetop: heat on medium then reduce to a low simmer, stirring occasionally.


Serving Suggestions
Serve warm with desired toppings. Shredded mozzarella and fresh diced tomato or onion work well. For heat-loving friends add a side of pepper slices or hot sauces. Combines well with a salad and bread.
Keyword chili, Italian sausage, spicy