Italian Chili | Mostly Homemade Mom

Italian Chili

April 20, 2016
The addition of spaghetti sauce, garlic, and mushrooms gives the typical chili a great twist! A dinner recipe from stove to table in under an hour!

So I was just scrolling through Facebook and a teacher page I follow posted a meme joking about not having lesson plans done because there's only 6 weeks left of the school year.


That's right moms and dads, there's only about 6 weeks left until the kiddies are out for the summer. I'm barely ready to put away our winter coats yet! In fact, the boys were actually wearing them one particularly chilly morning this week. 

But 6 weeks though... YIKES! For me though, it's not such a huge change since it's just Silas in school every day. And I really shouldn't panic because I really do look forward to him being home with us more. Can I get a hallelujah for not having to pack school lunches anymore?! 

Every summer I try to plan lots of fun activities and day trips with the kids, and this year I definitely want to do the same. We opted against a family vacation this year, because taking a 6-9 month old on vacation is not a vacation at all! Instead, we bought family season passes to a local amusement/water park and I'm excited to make lots of trips there for the kids to splash around and have fun, but still be close enough to home to not need to spend time packing and unpacking.

6 weeks left or not, we're still in busy-schedule school mode around here and dinners like this Italian Chili are great for busy weeknights!

Italian Chili

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 16 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 14 oz can diced tomatoes with garlic & onion
  • 26 oz jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 16 oz can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Cooking Directions
  1. Brown ground beef along with onions in a stockpot, drain, and return to pan.
  2. Stir in mushrooms, diced tomatoes, sauce, water, kidney beans, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Serve with a sprinkling of shredded mozzarella.

Leftovers are great frozen, too, so keep that in mind if you have a smaller family!

Make it a meal! Here's a great side dish and dessert to complete this dinner menu:

Cheddar Parmesan Bread

Buttermilk Custard Apple Pie

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