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Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe

Pepperoni Pizza Chili Recipe

We love this on a chilly day. A big bowl warms you right up, and the leftovers freeze well. I first made this recipe one day when I decided I didn't enjoy making pizza crust—I just put the pizza in a bowl instead! —Marilouise Wyatt Cowen, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 40 min. YIELD:8 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pizza sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) Italian stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 1/2 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon pizza seasoning or Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese, optional


  • 1. In a large saucepan, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Stir in the beans, pizza sauce, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, pepperoni, green pepper, pizza seasoning and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes or until chili reaches desired thickness. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 cup) equals 236 calories, 11 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 38 mg cholesterol, 1,102 mg sodium, 18 g carbohydrate, 5 g fiber, 18 g protein.

Reviews for Pepperoni Pizza Chili

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Reviewed Feb. 1, 2016

"I'm glad I tested this recipe-I honestly felt that the recipe could've been more flavorful! I used ground turkey instead of ground beef for health reasons & browned the turkey in 1/4 cup vegetable oil in a large saucepan. I had substituted a 24-oz. jar of Marinara sauce since I didn't have pizza sauce. I'd omitted the tomato sauce, but used the Italian stewed tomatoes, kidney beans, water, salt, Italian seasoning, 1 WHOLE green pepper. I substituted a 3-oz. summer sausage from Hickory Farms since I didn't have pepperoni on hand. This was good and I did enjoy it! Thank you for sharing! ( Please note that it WAS NOT the ground turkey needing more flavor!) delowenstein"

Reviewed Jan. 13, 2015

"This recipe was a nice change from traditional chili recipes! We added sour cream as well as cheese to the final product......mmmmmm!"

Reviewed Jan. 2, 2015

"This is so easy to make and everyone always loves it. We pair it with garlic bread."

Reviewed Sep. 19, 2014

"4 out of 5 of the people living in our household enjoy this chili. The other one doesn't eat ground beef, so she doesn't count."

Reviewed Mar. 25, 2014

"I'm a big fan of chili and every Friday night by family does pizza themed food. This I had to try for Friday and it was very delicious! I will definitely be doing this again!"

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2014

"I just won a chili cook-off with this recipe!!! Super good!"

Reviewed Sep. 4, 2012

"I made this for a family reunion, it was a huge success. I tripled the recipe and the pot was empty in no time."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"Easy & flavorful!

~ Theresa"

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"No one in my household would take a second bite. Even my 6 six yr old that loves pepperoni pizza and loves chili thought it was terrible."

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"I forgot to add in my review that I do this in the crockpot- high for 4 hours, low for at least 1. :)"

Reviewed Oct. 12, 2011

"This is the only chili I will eat! I do not use hamburger, but jimmy dean's sage tastes much better. Top with fresh mozzarella and serve with either garlic breadsticks (for a more pizza theme), round cheese bread or with cornbread- all are delicious!"

Reviewed Sep. 26, 2011

"Good....but not really the "chili" I'd hoped it would be. It seemed more like a pizza pasta sauce, that someone added kidney beans to, rather than a chili. It was very liquid-y and didn't really thicken up so instead we served it over pasta."

Reviewed Sep. 22, 2011

"Very good recipe! I did omit the salt. I recommend putting on the mozzarella. The perfect topping to make it taste even more like pizza... :)"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"I love this recipe and have been making it since I first saw it in the Taste of Home magazine in April 2001."

Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"i use the mini pepperoni's. everyone loves this recipe! it's a crowd pleaser!"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2011

"This is really good but has WAY TOO MUCH salt content. Over 1,000 MG sodium! Next time I will omit the salt and make everything else the low sodium version."

Reviewed Oct. 25, 2010

"My family and I love pepperoni pizza chili. We fix it often. Even my two boys love it!"

Reviewed Oct. 8, 2010

"Loved it! Made it for a family gathering, and it was a big hit."

Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"This is our second favorite soup to make. Our first is the Pronto Taco Soup on this site. They are both yummy!!! We use the mini pepperoni in it, but I like the flavor more with the larger pepperoni cut up. Even my oldest son liked it and that's saying a lot!"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2010

"I made this last night and loved it. Not at all like typical chili recipes it really does taste like pizza in a bowl. I served it with Texas toast."

Reviewed May. 19, 2010

"This has been a favorite at our house for years. I like to have breadsticks with it."

Reviewed Nov. 20, 2008

"This is one of the best chili recipes that I have ever tried My husband and I do not like "hot" chili. So this is really a change of pace from the norm."

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