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Chili in Bread Bowls Recipe

Chili in Bread Bowls Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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. Yield: 9 servings.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 5995810 45220
Reviewed 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."

econrad User ID: 5748552 84248
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4345954 204108
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3741999 204107
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"Very good chili, will definitely make again."

williamsegraves User ID: 3296408 71482
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4818845 84811
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

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

airuscarter User ID: 2158863 112765
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2556650 112763
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2008

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

BirdWatchinFool User ID: 5929 45217
Reviewed Dec. 9, 2007

"This is good chili."

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