• ChilItaliano

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    Prep: 10 min Cook: 20 min Servings: 6
    by Rich H
    61 recipes
    This "Italian chili" is a bitey, spicy bit of heaven. With just the right amount of spices, wine and "heat" this hearty dish is sure to please even the most discriminating chili afficianado. It is a vegan dish but by using some earthy mushrooms the chili takes on a meaty tone that is delicious in every way!


    • 1 Tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
    • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
    • 4 green onions, sliced, including some green
    • 3 cans (15 oz.) of cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
    • 2 cans (14.5 oz.) of diced tomatoes with juices
    • 1 (8 oz.) package of sliced baby bella mushrooms
    • 1 Tablespoon of dry Italian seasoning
    • 2 Tablespoons of chili powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper
    • 3/4 teaspoon of sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon of fennel seed, lightly toasted and crushed
    • 1/2 cup of red wine**
    • Freshly ground black pepper to taste


    1. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add in the fennel seeds
    2. and "toast" until aromatic. Then, using a morter and pestil or other means, crush the seeds finely.
    3. In a medium soup pot or Dutch oven heat the oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, chili powder, fennel, salt, pepper, cayenne, and Italian seasoning. Cook, stirring until aromatic - about 1 minute.
    4. Add the mushrooms and wine and cook until the mushrooms are slightly tender, stirring the whole time - about 2 to 3 minutes.
    5. Add the beans and tomatoes with juices. Mix. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the liquid reduces a little and the chili becomes slightly thicker - about 15 minutes.
    6. Ladle into serving dishes and garnish with a sprig of parsley. As an option you may sprinkle Daiya shredded mozzarella vegan cheese on top before serving serving.
    7. ** I like Vina Borgia red wine and used it in this recipe. You may use this or Chianti or your favorite red as well.

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