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Pizza Chili

by Kristen


My kids love pizza.  So when I told them that we were going to have this pizza chili for dinner, they were sold right away.   I also served crusty bread and salad with it too.

I got this idea from my blogging friend Michelle from Simplify Live Love.  She has a meatloaf on her blog with all Italian flavors.   It is a fantastic recipe, so I thought I would try all Italian flavors in Chili.


I took this opportunity to add an entire bag of chopped spinach into this recipe.   When I was a teenager, the deep dish spinach pizza at the mall’s food court was my favorite thing EVER.   Plus, it cooks right down.   Adding spinach to any meal in the crock pot is a great way for kids . ( and adults) to get some extra veggies!



You can really add any extra ” Pizza toppings” in this chili that you like.  Olives, Peppers, Caramelized Onions, or basil would all be great additions to this Chili.

Slow Cooker Pizza Chili 


2 pounds of ground meat.   I used 1 pound of ground turkey and 1 pound of Italian sausage.  You can use less Italian Sausage if you like- or use beef too.  

1 can of diced tomatoes 

1 can of pizza sauce 

2 cans of cannellini beans – you can use other beans too- it just makes sense to me to use cannellini beans because they’re used frequently in Italian cooking. 

1 bag of chopped spinach 

4 cloves of minced garlic 

2-3 teaspoons of Italian Seasoning 


Mozzarella Cheese


Parmesan Cheese 

Method: Cook and drain meat.  Place all the ingredients in your slow cooker, and let cook on low for 4-6 hours.  garnish with additional pizza toppings and serve!


This was really tasty!  I think that it tasted best and most like pizza when I topped it with Mozzarella Cheese!



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