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Sweet Italian Chili: Chili Without A Lot Of Spice But Still Hearty

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Sweet Italian Chili is a hearty, sweet Chili that is full of sweet tomato Italian flavor. If you need a chili that isn’t very spicy, then this is perfect for you.

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Writer’s Block

Sometimes I have writer’s block and not sure what to write a post. Truthfully, that was the case with this Sweet Italian Chili post. I have had the photo and title for this Sweet Italian Chili in the draft for days until I get inspired to write.

I could have written how rooting for my hometown Steelers to wildcard game, which they did on one of the most played bizarre games. I could write about the crazy weather, but that is just too mundane. Then, of course, there is always the work and family drama that always around me, but I do tend to keep family drama private and trying not to let the work drama bother me as much, besides I don’t want to well, just write to bitch about stuff going on in my life.

So what to write? Well, how about some just “news” going on with me? I do have some interesting things that are going on, one is my Smoked Salmon and Dill Goat Cheese Grilled Cheese was featured in the Sunday Supplement of Parade Magazine as 1 of 7 of the fanciest grilled cheeses. I am like #4 in the slideshow, so check it out. It also was in the print edition as well:

Sweet Italian Chili

Sweet Italian Chili pin collage


Growing up, as I mentioned in the past posts, we didn’t have spices in the food. So, I never knew chili to be a spicy food. My mother’s chili was always a sweeter chili. Flash forward to today, I came across a sweet Italian chili recipe, after reading it, I realized that was my mother’s chili. Being me I wanted to improve upon this sweet chili, I needed to add a little zip to it.

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Luckily I had just been to the Fabulous Food Show here in Cleveland and picked up a bottle of Mason-Dixon Mix’N Glaze from Appalachian Mountain Specialty Foods. I fell in love with this sauce when I sampled it at the show. It just had this zest to it that made the food pop with flavor. It is only $6 a bottle and trust me it is a steal at that price.So I added a little to this chili and it really brought the zest to this chili without killing the sweetness. This sauce is perfect for enhancing any meat-based sauce, in fact, I used it in a few recipes I have coming up here on Seduction in the Kitchen.

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Sweet Italian Chili

Sweet Italian Chili

A hearty, sweet Chili that is full of Italian flavor. A recipe from Seduction in the Kitchen

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 lbs 95% lean ground beef
  • 3/4 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 2 cans kidney beans drained, (16 ounces)
  • 1 can stewed tomatoes (16 ounces)
  • 1 can tomato paste (12 ounce)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried sweet basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Mason Dixon Mix n Glaze


  1. Brown ground beef in a dutch oven.
  2. Drain the fat off of the meat and return to pan.
  3. Next add bell pepper, parsley, onion, garlic, and celery.
  4. Saute until onion is clear which is approximately 5 minutes.
  5. Next, add the remaining ingredients and simmer on low for about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
  6. Ladle some into a bowl and ENJOY!



Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 70mgSodium: 1094mgCarbohydrates: 40gFiber: 9gSugar: 23gProtein: 32g

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