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Chili Cups

 Chili Cups
Nothing tickles appetites quicker than these spicy tidbits. It's like eating chili in a muffin. I like assembling and freezing them ahead of time to beat the Christmas rush in my kitchen.
20 ServingsPrep: 45 min. Bake: 15 min.


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 loaves (1 pound each) sliced Italian bread
  • Grated Parmesan cheese


  • In a large skillet, cook beef, green pepper, onion and garlic over
  • medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in the tomato
  • sauce, water and seasonings. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Meanwhile, cut circles from bread slices using a 2-1/2-in. biscuit
  • cutter. Press the circles into greased miniature muffin cups.
  • Bake at 400° for 5-6 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove

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Chili Cups (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • from tins and cool on wire racks. Fill each bread cup with about 1
  • tablespoon chili mixture; sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Broil for
  • 2-3 minutes or until cheese is golden brown. Yield: about 5
  • dozen.
Editor's Note: Some slices of bread will yield two 2-1/2-in. circles and some slices only one. There may be bread slices left over.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (3 each) equals 114 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 15 mg cholesterol, 255 mg sodium, 13 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 7 g protein.
Wine: Light-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.