Contest-Winning Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe

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Contest-Winning Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe
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Contest-Winning Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe

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Pizza and chili together—what could be better? Fill folks up at halftime when you set out bowls of this chili. —Jennifer Gelormino, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Featured In: Pizza-Flavored Recipes
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:
12 servings
TOTAL TIME:
Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (16 ounces) hot chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

Directions

In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, sausage, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Stir in the salsa, beans, pizza sauce, pepperoni, water, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle servings with cheese.
Freeze option: Before adding cheese, cool chili. Freeze chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Pepperoni Pizza Chili in Simple & Delicious August/September 2011, p45

Nutritional Facts

1 cup chili with 1/4 cup cheese: 464 calories, 28g fat (11g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 1240mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 33g protein.

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 pound bulk hot Italian sausage
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large green pepper, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) salsa
  • 1 can (16 ounces) hot chili beans, undrained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 package (8 ounces) sliced pepperoni, halved
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, sausage, onion, green pepper and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Stir in the salsa, beans, pizza sauce, pepperoni, water, chili powder, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20 minutes or until heated through. Sprinkle servings with cheese.
    Freeze option: Before adding cheese, cool chili. Freeze chili in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a saucepan, stirring occasionally and adding a little water if necessary. Sprinkle each serving with cheese.
    Yield: 12 servings (3 quarts).
Originally published as Pepperoni Pizza Chili in Simple & Delicious August/September 2011, p45

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greatwithoutgluten User ID: 6330173 263947
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2017

"This was really good! So much flavor and easy to make too! This is going to be our new chili recipe!"

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Anniepants User ID: 5509096 263260
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2017

"I made this for the chili cook-off at work and it won first place! I bought an 8 oz. hunk of pepperoni from the deli and diced it up. Much preferred the texture of cubed pepperoni in place of slices. I did not find this chili to be overly greasy at all and did not precook the pepperoni or drain the sausage. I think the bit of grease in the pan is a big part of the flavor as everything cooks together. Made it on a Sunday and stuck it in the fridge for two days to let the flavors meld. I heated it back up in a crock pot on high for 3 hours. I added generous amounts of black pepper for extra flavor and spice. Topped it with mozzarella. Definitely a winner!"

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ambkab1202 User ID: 4038479 259247
Reviewed Jan. 5, 2017

"This was easy and delicious. I left out the salt and was still very good."

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Adamscooking User ID: 7060631 256517
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2016

"Delicious chili recipe. I used mild Italian sausage instead of hot. My wife and daughter (who aren't big on spice) still found it quite spicy."

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Sue Zappa User ID: 1094741 254013
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2016

"Even my husband who usually doesn't care for chili loves this recipe! You can't beat pepperoni pizza flavor in a thick, hearty soup in the wintertime! The only change I make is to use my homemade pizza sauce ingredients instead of the pizza sauce called for. Delicious!"

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ebramkamp User ID: 702841 253943
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2016

"I made this chili for a contest and won 3rd place. I did make a few changes based on the reviews. I had doubled the recipe but didn't double the ground beef and it was still a meaty chili. I found mini pepperoni slices which didn't require cutting and I heated them up in a paper towel lined pie plate and blotted off the excess grease. I also cooked it in a crock pot and added a layer of mozzarella cheese on top to melt and become ooey gooey cheesy goodness. Very good chili I will definitely make again."

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Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 247101
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2016

"I cooked the 3lbs of meat, but only used about 1/2 of it. And I still added another can of spaghetti sauce because it was nice, but *very* meaty! Everyone put pepperoni and cheese on top of their own bowl and it was a hit!"

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VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 245127
Reviewed Mar. 8, 2016

"It was good but I didn't like it as much as I thought I would. I felt it could have used more flavor."

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LeslieH User ID: 191346 245027
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Very tasty. I only used the chili beans as my husband prefers less beans. I used pepperoni slices, but I think I will try buying a chunk and cutting it into pieces next time. It would mix better into the chili."

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rgh1970ss User ID: 6477954 243923
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

"Excellent. Went with two cans of kidney beans and two cans of hot chili beans."

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