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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 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

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 .


  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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Sue Zappa 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!"

ebramkamp 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."

Kristens198 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!"

VictoriaElaine 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."

LeslieH 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."

rgh1970ss 243923
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

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

ScottsGrace 243087
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"I'm eating this now and really loving it. I used mild chili beans instead of hot and Spicy Italian sausages (casings removed) instead of bulk sausage...this is what I had on hand and I'm sure it doesn't make a difference. I think this was the perfect amount of heat for me! And I think you could really play around with this with other pizza toppings if wanted. Great job!"

jgbex1 242044
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2016

"I used a ground turkey and turkey pepperoni. I also just had a mild mild Italian sausage so I used that. It was great!!"

melbadam 241689
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2016

"Loved this recipe and shared with co-workers. Now this is our go-to chili recipe. Co-workers also loved the chili !!!!! Thank you so much."

Charlar 241468
Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"When using pepperoni in a recipe, always microwave then pat with paper towels to remove most of the grease."

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