I can always count on a successful family dinner when the word "pizza" is in the title. This chili was a definite success--- it fed 3 adults and 5 children, and the crock was scraped clean at the end of the night.
serves 6-8 or so
1 pound lean ground beef or turkey, browned and drained
1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans (and the goop)
1 (14-ounce) jar premade pizza sauce
1 (14.5-ounce) can Italian stewed tomatoes
1 green bell pepper, seeded and diced
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
25 pepperoni slices
1 cup water
shredded mozzarella and/or Parmesan cheese (for serving; optional)
Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Brown your ground meat on the stovetop, and drain any accumulated grease. Put the cooked meat into an empty slow cooker and add the entire can of beans, pizza sauce, and the whole can of tomatoes. Add diced bell pepper, and stir in the Italian seasoning and pepperoni (I didn't chop the pepperoni, but you can if you'd prefer). Add 1 cup of water.
Cover and cook on look on low for 6 to 8 hours, or on high for about 4. Serve with a sprinkling of cheese, if desired.
This has fantastic pizza flavor and is super low-carb. Unless you serve it in bread bowls, which would be pretty cool (I've made bread bowls out of free-formed loaves of Pamela's Amazing Bread mix which works well).
If you're looking to stock the freezer, this is a great make ahead meal---no pasta or starches that have a tendency to break down when reheating.
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Have a great weekend!