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Chili in Bread Bowls

Some say you can have your cake and eat it, too...I say eat your chili and the bowl, too! I work the "graveyard shift" at the post office in Portland. During those hours, there is no place to buy meals, so I often bring in dishes like this chili to share with co-workers. —:Nancy Clancy Standish, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 7 hours
  • Makes
    9 servings


  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 pound each beef stew meat, boneless skinless chicken breast and boneless pork, cut into cubes
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15-1/2 ounces) navy beans or great northern beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 9 large hard rolls
  • Sour cream, chopped green onions and sweet red pepper, optional


  • In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add meat in batches; toss to coat. In a large skillet, brown meat in oil in batches. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker with a slotted spoon. Stir in onion, peppers, tomatoes, beans, tomato sauce and seasonings. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until the meat is tender.
  • Cut tops off rolls; carefully hollow out bottom halves. Spoon about 1 cup of chili into each roll. Garnish with sour cream, onions and red pepper if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 420 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 44mg cholesterol, 947mg sodium, 57g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 9g fiber), 29g protein.

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  • couponlady1250
    Aug 16, 2014

    I use pinto beans instead of navy beans or great northern beans. People in the Southwest like pinto beans not navy beans or great northern beans. Also I added New Mexico Chili, which we are known for growing the nations best. My guest loved it. I serve it either in the fall or winter.

  • rubyred687
    Apr 19, 2012

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  • econrad
    Oct 2, 2011

    I don't like chili usually but this chili is amazing. I used the bread bowls and it was a hit with my kids and fiance. I will definitely be making this again.

  • jobr0501
    Jan 28, 2011

    My boyfriend liked the different variety of meats. I didn't use bread bowls or onions, but it was still very good! Kind of a lot to put together for chili, but it was worth it.

  • katlaydee3
    Sep 29, 2010

    Very good chili, will definitely make again.

  • williamsegraves
    May 1, 2010

    All I have to say about this one, is DELICIOUS! We loved it, and I took some leftovers to work and the boss loved it too! :D Very meaty, the way a good chili should be!

  • ejvanorden
    Jan 19, 2010

    Was looking for a chili with a variety of meats. Great recipe!

  • airuscarter
    Jan 23, 2009

    I try to limit my red meat intake. I substituted the read meat for ground turkey and omitted the pork. It turned out well, I also got the bread bowls from Panera bread for .65 apiece.

  • jdemny
    Jan 20, 2008

    Thank you for posting this recipe. It was exactly what I was looking for. Delicious!

  • BirdWatchinFool
    Dec 9, 2007

    This is good chili.