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 (12 ounces) 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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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!"

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."

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."

Reviewed Feb. 16, 2016

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

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!"

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