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Contest-Winning Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe

Contest-Winning Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe

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. YIELD: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


  • 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).

Nutritional Facts

1 cup chili with 1/4 cup cheese equals 464 calories, 28 g fat (11 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 1,240 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 33 g protein.

Reviews for Contest-Winning Pepperoni Pizza Chili

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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!"

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!!"

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."

Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

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

Reviewed Dec. 16, 2015

"This Chili was great! I won our cookoff at work with it and went home with an empty crockpot. All the flavors in it were super good."

Reviewed Oct. 13, 2015

"Very good. I use a package of mini pepperonis and turkey burger/sausage. It also good without beans for those that have family members that hate beans."

Reviewed Aug. 6, 2015

"A family favorite! Works great in the crock pot and super easy to throw together."

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"Very good. Best Chili recipe I've made so far."

Reviewed Feb. 27, 2015

"My husband who does not like pepperoni loved this chili. I have made it three timesI. I did Use the mini pepperoni but stayed true to the recipe as written. It was very good and smells great. just what you need on a cold, snowy winters day"

Reviewed Jan. 25, 2015

"I won with this Chili recipe! It was the category for use of most unusual ingredient. Everyone loved it. My chili was almost gone by the end of the night. My hubby who is a chili purest said it was pretty darn good. I used the mini pepperoni. Just saved me one step. Once everything was combined and simmering I put it in the crock pot for about 3 hrs on high. Will make this again & am saving it to my recipe box."

Reviewed Dec. 7, 2014

"Delicious! I used 2 lbs of ground turkey & regular ital sausage. Turkey pepperoni too. I did let the meat & veggies cook for about an hour then added rest of ingredients along with the turkey pepperoni. The chili was served with Jiffy corn bread muffins and this added very nicely to the recipe!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"This was delicious. I didn't have any mozzarella cheese so I added a dollop of sour cream. Everyone loved it, even my picky eaters."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2014

"What could make this appealing for almost everyone would be to make your favorite 'red chili' recipe. Sub in the pizza sauce for tomato sauce then add pepperoni. Everyone has a favorite that they always go to, make 2 changes and BINGO."

Reviewed Sep. 14, 2014

"We love it a lot"

Reviewed Jan. 15, 2014

"Added a pint jar of undrained canned tomatoes from the cellar instead of the plain water. Also added 8oz mushrooms & sauteed them with the meat and other veggies. Put the garlic in the pot after I drained the meat... otherwise all of that good flaver drains off. It's a good chili recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 3, 2013 Edited Dec. 4, 2014

"This was so good. I had 5 people request this recipe sent to them. Yum"

Reviewed Jun. 10, 2012

"I made this tonight and it was great! I used a 1/2 lb. of turkey sausage and only 1 lb of ground beef and 1/2 the pepperoni and it was perfect for us!"

Reviewed Mar. 30, 2012

"This was much better the 2nd day (as chili usually is!). The pepperoni ended up adding a lot of grease to it. I might not add as much pepperoni next time."

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Excellent! Perfect party food!"

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2012

"Made this for Super Bowl Sunday and it was a huge HIT!!"

Reviewed Nov. 29, 2011

"Great chili recipe. Very hearty and filling so maybe consider adjusting quantity as necessary. I could only eat about 1/2 as much as I usually do with another recipe."

Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"To die for. Why is everything I love so high in calories but then this IS worth it!"

Reviewed Oct. 2, 2011

"This is one of our favorite recipes! Very flavorable."

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