Carino's Italian is a United States-based chain of Italian food casual dining restaurants. It has more than 170 restaurants with branches in about 30 states. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, the concept is owned by Fired Up, Inc., which was founded in 1997 by partners and former Brinker International executives Norman Abdallah and Creed Ford. Prior to 2006, restaurants were called Johnny Carino's Country Italian, Johnny Carino's Italian then changed to Carino's Italian Grill.




Italian Chili

Carino's Italian Chili
Copycat Recipe

Serves 4-6

1/2 lb - 1 lb ground Italian sausage
1 bell pepper, chopped
1/2 to 1 onion, chopped
2 (11.5 oz) cans tomato juice
1 (14.5 oz) can petite diced tomatoes
1 cup chicken broth
1 clove minced garlic
1 - 2 cans navy beans
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
salt and pepper to taste

Brown sausage with pepper and onion then drain the fat. Add tomato juice, broth, tomatoes, garlic, beans and spices to the meat mixture. Bring to a boil then simmer for 20 minutes. Add whipping cream then salt and pepper . Top with plenty of Parmesan.


  1. This is an awesome chili recipe!

  2. Do you drain and rinse the beans before adding them in?

  3. brown the sausage and garlic, drain, and set aside. then cook down the onion in a bit of olive oil. add back in the sausage&garlic then the other ingredients. I used 3 cloves of garlic, 1 can of drained & rinsed red kidney beans instead of navy beans. a little less than a pound of fresh mild italian sausage (not sweet). The cream worked okay as a thickener and added a creamy texture, but next time will try a cornstarch slurry. In any event, this turned out friggin fanstastic

  4. Instead of heavy cream or cornstarch slurry, why not just add tomato paste?

  5. Can this be made in slow cooker?