Slow Cooker Pizza Chili Recipe

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johnsonville chili

Chili is one of our favorite cold weather meals to make. It is filling and warms you up! I often make my two meat chili. However, we enjoy trying new recipes too. Johnsonville sausage recently asked me to come up with an Italian sausage based chili. My family loves the flavor of Italian sausage! We use it in pasta dishes and on pizza. This got me thinking of a pizza chili!

pizza chili ingredients

The Johnsonville Italian Sausage, pepperoni and pizza sauce add a lot of flavor to this chili recipe. You don’t need to add a lot of additional spices.

pizza chili

This chili smells fantastic while cooking!

slow cooker pizza chili

Place a heaping scoop of chili in each bowl and garnish with mozzarella cheese before serving.

Slow Cooker Pizza Chili Recipe
Recipe type: Slow Cooker
  • 1 lb. Johnsonville Italian Sausage
  • ½ large onion, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 15-oz. pizza sauce
  • 15-oz. tomato sauce
  • 15-oz. chili beans
  • 15-oz. can kidney beans
  • 15-oz. can Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 ½ oz. sliced pepperoni
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • mozzarella cheese to garnish each serving
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add Johnsonville Italian sausage and brown.
  2. When sausage is browned, remove from skillet. Place sausage in slow cooker.
  3. In the same pan that you cooked the sausage, saute the onion. Use the pan drippings to cook the onion until translucent; about 5 minutes.
  4. Add onion to slow cooker.
  5. Add garlic, pizza sauce, tomato sauce, chili beans, kidney beans, diced tomatoes, pepperoni and chili powder to slow cooker. Mix well.
  6. Cook in slow cooker on low for 6-8 hours or high 4-6 hours.
  7. Before serving, add mozzarella cheese.
* If you don't have chili beans, add black beans.
* The pepperoni and chili beans make the chili spicier. I didn't add as much chili powder as I normally do because of this. Adjust the chili powder to your liking.


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Renae is a married working mom of two handsome boys. She works as a registered dental hygienist by day and blogs here at How to Have it All by night. She enjoys cooking from scratch, working in her vegetable garden and functional training.

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