Aug 30, 2013

Quick Chili Marinara

Fusion! I’m calling this dish Chili Marinara because I used a jar of plain ol’ Italian marinara sauce and some Mexican chile powder. The combination was unexpectedly delicious. I needed something fast and easy for dinner. Total prep time was 10 minutes, tops. So easy. So needed. Fast, tasty and nutritious… can’t beat it.

You can serve this over pasta or rice. It’s good on its own, too. All in all, a very satisfying dish for one tired cook and her family! 🙂

Serves 4. Enjoy!

Healthy trails,

Quick Chili Marinara

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: makes enough for 4, served over rice or pasta

A quick and easy savory meal!


  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • ½ pound mushrooms (any kind), diced
  • 1 cup chopped raw walnuts
  • 1 can no-salt-added adzuki beans (or any small red bean), drained
  • 1 26 oz. jar low-sodium marinara sauce
  • 1 TBS chili powder
  • ½ TBS date sugar


  1. Water sauté the onion, peppers, mushrooms and walnuts until the veggies are tender.
  2. Add the sauce, beans, chile powder and date sugar and simmer about 10 more minutes.
  3. Done.
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4 responses to “Quick Chili Marinara”

  1. Oh, so yummy! And easy too 🙂 This one is going in my to-try file.

  2. Anonymous says:

    What brand of marinara sauce did you use?

  3. Helyn says:

    I used Amy's. I put a link on the ingredient list for you in case you can't find it in the stores.

  4. Helyn says:

    Great, Jan! Let me know what you think!

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