Italian Merlot Chili

Thursday, January 4, 2018
This Italian Merlot Chili is the perfect way to feed a large family.


This is a comforting bowl of chili that is really fantastic with a little red wine in it.


Even though the wine boils away, it enhances the flavors of the sauce it makes along with the spices and blends well with the mozzarella cheeses.


The chili is different because of the wine and the beans.


Even though you can use more than just white beans like I did in this pot, you can stick to just the kinds you like.


Melted cheese and Italian croutons make this Italian American chili a hit every time.





this is a bowl of Merlot chili with mozzarella cheese and croutons





Chili is so Comforting!



One thing I love about making chili is having leftovers, so make a big pot!


I usually make double the amount.


There is so much left, sometimes I will freeze some for another meal.



this is a big slow cooker Crockpot brand full of 15 beans Merlot Chili cooking



A Family Favorite Meal



It's such a great starter for many meals.


Anyway, you serve it's an all-around great meal that goes a long way for a large family on a strict budget.


The flavors of the beef sauteed with garlic really kick up the taste and then add the wine, just puts this over the top.


Plus it's a great way to get the family to get all that additional protein from 15 kinds of different style beans in it.


They also love my Barbecued Cowboy 15 Beans, they're so delicious!


Of course, they never noticed them in there!



this is a pot of chili with 15 beans fresh whole plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, Merlot wine in a big grey saucepan on top of the stove with a large serving spoon




So Many Ways To Serve Chili!




On several occasions when we have leftovers,


I like to use it up on top of tortilla chips with all the toppings.


Other times I put it over pasta or rice.


Not a meat-eater? Try my Vegetarian chili.





here is a collage of chili photos this is a pot of chili with 15 beans fresh whole plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, Merlot wine in a big grey saucepan on top of the stove with a large serving spoon






Tips


  • Use fresh tomatoes in the season for the best results
  • Always brown the meat first even when using a slow cooker
  • This can be made in an instant pot in 20 minutes
  • Add more liquid if using the stovetop method and it begins to get too thick
  • You can substitute water for wine or even beef broth
  • Turkey ground up can be used instead of or ground beef
  • For a chunky chili, use thinly sliced round steak added to the pot
  • This is just a guideline for seasonings add more or less to taste
  • If you want a hot spicy chili to add hot peppers or red pepper flakes to taste



this is a pot of chili with 15 beans fresh whole plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, Merlot wine in a big grey saucepan on top of the stove with a large serving spoon





The Sauce Is Very Hearty



The sauce gets thick on the stovetop, if using a slow cooker, you will have to reduce the liquids in the recipe.


Either way, the chili is done in no time.


Browning the meat first gives it a nice beefy flavor, so don't miss that step first.


I love to use an assortment of beans to make this a hearty bowl of chili.


The 15 bean assortment of dried beans work great in this Italian style chili.




this is a pot of chili with 15 beans fresh whole plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, Merlot wine in a big black slow cooker oval shaped  lined with a plastic liner for cleanup with a large serving spoon




Ingredients You Will Need


  • fresh plum tomatoes
  • whole tomatoes
  • garlic cloves cleaned and minced
  • bell pepper
  • dried oregano
  • Red Wine I prefer Merlot
  • 15 dried beans package done to package instructions or canned white or red kidney beans drained and washed
  • fresh Italian parsley
  • garlic powder, oregano, basil and (optional mint leaves if using lamb)
  • salt, pepper to taste




this is a delicious chili made with Italian herbs, spices, meat and beans with a splash of Merlot wine.



Easy and Inexpensive




If you're looking for a hearty meal to feed a large family that inexpensive and delicious, this is it.


Did I mention it's super easy too?



this is a pot of chili with 15 beans fresh whole plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, Merlot wine in a big grey saucepan on top of the stove with a large serving spoon





American or Italianized?



I always put a spin on my foods coming from an all Italian family.


We love to spice things up and everything has garlic, my chili is another example of the way I cook.



this is a bowl of Merlot chili with mozzarella cheese and croutons




Change it Up!



Of course, you can stick to the American version and omit the wine and just add water.


You can also just use extra sharp shredded cheddar on top with sour cream and crushed tortilla chips.


If you are a lover of chili and want a classic style then make the same recipe with just kidney beans and add the cumin and chili powder in the place of the Italian seasonings.


You would also add some chopped onions to this chili as well.


Try my Guinness Chili for a different spin on Chili!





this is a red crock of chili made with Guinness beer




Cooking Methods


  • Stovetop 1 hour
  • Instant Pot 15 minutes after browning meat
  • Slowcooker 6 to 8 hours on low, brown meat on the stovetop first
  • Dutch oven, brown meat first on the stovetop, add all ingredients bake on 350 for 1 hour








this is a slow cooker with 15 beans merlot chili in it with a liner for easy clean up





Get Creative with Leftovers!



You can make the most marvelous second meals with leftover chili.


Use this as a topping also over anything you like, here are some suggestions:


Just add some tortilla chips in a bowl and, Italian olives,  top with shredded mozzarella, diced tomatoes, sliced olives, even a tablespoon of Ricotta cheese on top is amazing!


Loaded chili fries and cheese, or even a baked potato with this chili is amazing!


Perfect for a tortilla bowl with chili on top of a leafy green salad and some crushed chips, or garlic croutons and you have a whole other meal!


Just remember that leftovers are fabulous in flour or corn tortilla wraps as a filling,  or over white rice and even making crushed tortilla chips and a taco salad.

This chili is amazing on top of a chili dog cheeseburger too!

Add your favorite toppings like sharp shredded cheddar and you have a whole meal.


Perfect for stuffing pasta shells for a taco shell dinner or even bake enchiladas or burritos.


So, don't worry if you make too much, there will always be a second meal you can create.




this is a delicious chili made with Italian herbs, spices, meat and beans with a splash of Merlot wine.




Here are some other recipes to try we love




Quick Taco Soup
Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup
Asparagus Garlic Butter Soup
Chicken Florentine Soup
Baked Potato Soup
Best Split Pea Soup
Perfect Chicken Broth
Old Fashioned Chicken Soup
Chickpea Florentine Soup




Italian Merlot Chili Pin for later




Bursting with rich tomato wine sauce this chili is sure to comfort everyone on a cold day



When it all began?




Chili began as a no-nonsense dish on the Western frontier but has evolved into a staple in most homes all over the world.


Southwestern lore dates the origin to the religious trances of the mystic Lady in Blue, Sister María de Ágreda.


History cannot explain why in 1629, 50 Jumano Indians walked out of the desert of unsettled West Texas to be baptized.


They told stories of an ethereal blue-clad woman who had taught them of God.


According to Indian legend, the Lady in Blue also taught them of a fiery red stew, which over the next century came to be known as chili con carne.


To me, chili was a brilliant way to turn dried beans, vegetables, and otherwise some other tasteless ingredients into a delicious meal.


With a delightful combination of spices and several methods of slow-cooking, chili is a love for most Americans and now on many menus in some form, all over the globe.


There are many articles of where and when it all took place over the centuries and how chili has evolved into many styles and changes.


Make your chili your own recipe, here is our favorite way to prepare it.





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this is a pot of chili with 15 beans fresh whole plum tomatoes, tomato sauce, Merlot wine in a big grey saucepan on top of the stove with a large serving spoon

Italian Merlot Chili

prep time: 15 min cook time: 2 hours total time: 2 hours and 15 mins
I delicious hearty chili with wine, a perfect Italian comfort meal. Use any kinds of beans you like with like white kidney beans.

ingredients:

  • 2 lbs of fresh plum tomatoes stem cut off (leave three or more tomatoes out and cut up into cubes set aside), put plum tomatoes through the food processor until smooth.
  • 2 fresh garlic cloves cleaned and minced
  • 1 bell pepper sliced thin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup of Red Wine I prefer Merlot
  • 1 medium-size can of  white or red kidney beans drained and washed
  • 1 medium-size can of northern white beans
  • 2 sprigs of fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon each of garlic powder, oregano, basil and (optional mint leaves if using lamb)
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds ground beef or lamb  or (substitute cooked cubed leftover turkey or chicken)
  • Optional Notes: use 15 kinds of dried beans and cook to package instructions first or any other dried beans instead of canned. Add chopped celery or onions to this recipe or use stew tomatoes in the place of fresh plum if not in season.

instructions:

  1. In a large heated saucepan saute the beef or lamb in 2 tablespoons of olive oil( if using chicken or turkey cooked skip this step.
  2. Add beans and stir in tomatoes that are blended with wine and all other ingredients to includes spices, cook on a low burner for around 1 hour, 6 to 8 in the slow cooker.
  3. Stir every half hour if using the top of the stove.
  4. Ladle into bowls
  5. Optional: red pepper flakes for heat
  6. Garnish with sour cream, tortilla chips if desired
  7. Serve with garlic croutons or crusty garlic bread and shredded mozzarella cheese on top.
 calories
279
fat (grams)
15
sat. fat (grams)
11
carbs (grams)
6
net carbs
5
protein (grams)
18
sugar (grams)
4
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this is a big slow cooker Crockpot brand full of 15 beans Merlot Chili cooking

25 comments

  1. sounds and looks so scrumptious!

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  2. I'm a big lamb fan, and when I find it in the store I grab it. I'll add this to my lamb list.

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  3. This chili sounds amazing! I love that you use lamb and Burgundy wine here, wonderful flavors!

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  4. Claudia,

    I love lamb but have never made chili with it, this really looks great!

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  5. Nice! I love good plum tomatoes. So fun to make it Italian style - and this even works for my winter cooking! Hearty and filled with flavor.

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  6. This lamb chili looks awesome.

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  7. As a big fan of lamb, I must try this succulent dish.

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  8. This chili definitely has wow-factor! Love it! Perfect winter comfort meal for sure!

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  9. this is a different chili from what I am usually eating, I mean, its an Italian version... I love it, with the wine, seasonings and lamb, sounds so good

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  10. Tomatoes for .99lb What a steal! The photo is absolutely gorgeous Claudia. So much so, I can taste that chili down here!!

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  11. Those tomatoes do look gorgeous, and 99 cents a pound wow! Your chili recipe is delicious...I would have to do a no meat version for me, but my family would be all over this one :)

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  12. Those tomatoes do look gorgeous, and 99 cents a pound wow! Your chili recipe is delicious...I would have to do a no meat version for me, but my family would be all over this one :)

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  13. What a fancy recipe for chili with the lamb and wine! Incredibly delicious and comforting!

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  14. So many great flavors in this dish. I've never used lamb in chili but I imagine it would be wonderful. Great idea!

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  15. I made a big batch of chili last night---now I wish I would have added some Merlot! Great idea!

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  16. The sauce must taste incredible with merlot. I bet I would like it!

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  17. This Italian Chili sounds delicious and love all the leftover ideas.

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  18. Looks amazing!! Can't wait to try.

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  19. Chilli is the perfect meal at this time of year. I add white bean to mine too.

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  20. You can't beat real Italian food and this looks so comforting!

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  21. This chili looks like a perfect way to warm up, and don't you just LOVE crockpot liners!! Best thing ever!

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  22. It is even still pretty chilly in Florida and I would love to try this. I love how garlicky it seems. We love garlic in our home!

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