Pizza Chili is what you eat when you love, love, LOVE pizza but can do without the crust. It’s a hearty soup, a pizza in a bowl, and a versatile family favorite. It’s one of those wow-why-didn’t-I-think-of-that? recipes. And it’s simple. Everybody loves pizza chili, even busy moms!
It’s also the perfect avenue for getting nutrient-dense organ meats past picky palates. The last time I ordered my grass-fed beef in bulk, I asked the processing facility to grind the organ meats for me so that I could sneak them into our ground beef dishes on the off chance that their flavor wouldn’t be noticeable. Good news! It works — particularly in really flavorful dishes like Pizza Chili.
Pizza Chili Recipe
Pizza Chili: The Players
- 1 lb ground beef (from grass-fed cows, see resources)
- 1/2 lb ground heart (from grass-fed cows, see resources)
- 1/2 lb ground liver (from grass-fed cows, see resources)
- 1 green bell pepper, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 small jar of sliced black olives
- 1 package of pepperoni, sliced & diced (from grass-fed cows, optional)
- 1 quart of marinara sauce
- 1 quart of beef broth (where to find grass-fed beef broth)
- sea salt, basil, red pepper flakes (to taste, see resources)
- mozzarella cheese (optional)
Pizza Chili: The How-To
1) In a large pot, cook bell peppers, garlic, and onions in a small amount of the fat of your choice until they begin to sweat. Add ground meats and cook until browned. (If you don’t have ground heart or liver, just substitute ground beef. Whatever you do, don’t add more liver if you don’t have enough heart! The flavor will become too noticeable and take over the happy pizza experience you’re creating.)
2) Stir in olives, optional pepperoni, marinara sauce, and water. Bring to a boil. Add salt, basil, and red pepper flakes to taste. Allow flavors to mingle over medium heat for 5-10 minutes.
3) Reduce heat and serve in bowls, topped with optional mozzarella cheese.
Pizza Chili: The Options
Don’t like pepperoni? Don’t add it. LOVE those anchovies? Dump them in! The beauty of this recipe is that you can add any of your favorite pizza toppings to the mix: mushrooms, banana peppers, spinach. It all works. Pineapple? Ham? You bet. Just stir in whatever pizza toppings excite you or your family members, and presto! It’s Pizza Chili.
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