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Chili Garlic Pizza Bread

Chili garlic pizza bread uses simple pre-made ingredients to create a cheap and easy meal.

Canned chili is mixed with bell pepper, mushrooms, onions and tomatoes. Added to garlic bread, sprinkled with parmesan and mozzarella cheese and baked in the oven. The result is a fun meal idea the whole family can enjoy.

This recipe is included in our Meal Plan #2. Inside that meal plan, there are 5 delicious recipes, including a free meal plan and a video showing how to make them all. Click here to get Meal Plan #2.

Sliced garlic bread topped with chili mixture and melted cheese on a cutting board with a knife beside.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • This chili garlic pizza bread is easy, cheap and fast. There’s not a lot of fuss here. Just a few ingredients are heated in a frying pan and then baked in the oven.
  • This recipe is similar to our pizza sloppy joes recipe but uses quicker pre-made ingredients like canned chili. It’s perfect for busier nights when you don’t really feel like cooking.
  • This recipe is very family-friendly! The ingredients are simple and it’s something most people tend to enjoy, kids included. But feel free to adapt to your family’s tastes.
  • If you need a cheap meal, this is it! It’s meatless which is usually the most expensive ingredient. Having meatless meals occasionally can help cut down grocery bill costs.
  • Garlic bread and Canned ingredients keep the costs lower. Look for a cheese that’s on sale and freeze it in blocks for future meals.
  • We love pizza! For more pizza-inspired recipes try our easy homemade pizza pockets, a side dish of twisted pizza breadsticks, quick and healthy pizza chicken breasts, the easy kid’s pizza lunchables, or a family favorite pizza pasta bake.
Ingredients to make the recipe including a bag with garlic bread inside, bowls of chopped onion, chopped bell pepper, grated parmesan, shredded mozzarella, canned chili, canned mushrooms and canned diced tomatoes.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients here are cheap and simple. When mixed together, it creates a delicious recipe. Here’s an overview of what you’ll need plus variations:

  • GARLIC BREAD: A 16 oz garlic bread loaf or garlic texas toast will both work for the recipe. You could also try using french bread with or without any herbs and flavoring already added.
  • CHILI: One can of chili is used as the base for this recipe. You can also use 2 cups of a homemade chili recipe if preferred.
  • VEGETABLES: Chopped bell pepper, canned mushrooms, and canned diced tomatoes make this recipe easy. Feel free to add more veggies! See our variation ideas below.
  • CHEESE: A bit of parmesan cheese is added to the chili and some freshly grated mozzarella is sprinkled on top.
  • VARIATIONS: Add soft veggies like chopped asparagus, frozen broccoli florets, peas or corn to the chili base. Add in cooked ground beef or pork for more protein. Add hot sauce for more spiciness.
Four images showing steps to make the recipe. First is sliced mushrooms, chopped bell pepper, diced tomatoes and chopped onion in a frying pan. Second is chili mixed together. Third is sliced garlic bread topped with chili. Fourth is garlic bread topped with chili and shredded mozzarella.

How To Make This Chili Garlic Pizza Bread

You’ll need a frying pan and a baking sheet for this easy recipe. Here’s a quick overview with the full detailed instructions in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  1. Sautee chopped onion. Add in chili, mushrooms and bell pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer until softened.
  2. Add garlic bread to a baking sheet. Top each side of the bread with chili mixture. Sprinkle with parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Broil or bake according to garlic bread instructions on the middle rack until the cheese is melted and the toast is crispy.

This recipe is best served hot and fresh. The garlic bread can get a bit soggy when stored as leftovers. If you do have leftovers, I recommend storing the garlic bread and chili mixture separately. When ready to serve, assemble them and bake.

Need more cheap meal inspiration? Try our 109 Cheap Easy Meal Ideas which are simple, perfect for busy nights, and budget-friendly.

Close up of chili pizza garlic bread

Recipe Tips

  • This recipe is easy to adapt. Add ground beef to the chili. You can use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce: cheddar cheese or marble cheese instead of mozzarella. Add black beans kidney beans, chickpeas, or lentils for added protein. Use hamburger buns instead of garlic bread. Basically, you can use this recipe as a guide but create your own unique variation.
  • Bake it according to the garlic bread package instructions to ensure that it is toasted.
  • Watch the recipe carefully when using a broiler. Things can burn quickly, so it’s best to keep an eye on them. You only need a minute or two for toasting the bread. And another minute or two to melt the cheese. I prefer to cook on the middle rack when using my broiler. The top rack burns too easily in my oven.
  • The chili mixture makes delicious leftovers! Just store it separately from the bread so that it doesn’t get soggy.
Close up of slices of the garlic bread topped with chili and melted cheese.

More Cheap Meal Ideas

I love to share cheap easy meal ideas here on the blog! Please also check out my free meal plans!

Chili Pizza Bread

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 15 oz canned chili
  • 1 cup chopped bell pepper
  • 4 oz canned mushrooms - pieces and stems
  • 1 cup canned diced tomato - drained
  • 1 garlic toast - or french bread
  • 2 Tbsp parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat the broiler and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Cook the onion with a bit of oil in a frying pan over medium high heat.
    Two images of a frying pan, one with raw chopped onion. Second with cooked onion and a spatula.
  • Stir in canned chili, canned mushrooms and chopped bell pepper. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring often.
    Two images of a frying pan. First with bell pepper, mushrooms and chili dumped on top of chopped onion. Second is chili mushroom ingredients mixed together.
  • Place the garlic bread on a bakign sheet. Spoon the chili mixture on top of each side of the bread.
    Two images. First is two pieces of garlic toast. Second is chili mixture dumped on top of garlic bread.
  • Sprinkle parmesan and shredded mozzarella cheese on top. Broil for 2-4 minutes on the middle rack, or until cheese is melted and the garlic bread is crispy and toasted.
    Slice and serve.
    Two images of chili pizza garlic bread on a baking sheet. First image before cooking, second image after.

Recipe Notes:

  • This recipe is easy to adapt. Add ground beef to the chili. You can use spaghetti sauce or pizza sauce: cheddar cheese or marble cheese instead of mozzarella. Add black beans kidney beans, chickpeas, or lentils for added protein. Use hamburger buns instead of garlic bread. Basically, you can use this recipe as a guide but create your own unique variation.
  • Bake it according to the garlic bread package instructions to ensure that it is toasted.
  • Watch the recipe carefully when using a broiler. Things can burn quickly, so it’s best to keep an eye on them. You only need a minute or two for toasting the bread. And another minute or two to melt the cheese. I prefer to cook on the middle rack when using my broiler. The top rack burns too easily in my oven.
  • The chili mixture makes delicious leftovers! Just store it separately from the bread so that it doesn’t get soggy.
Nutrition
Calories: 436kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 1463mg | Potassium: 434mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 1770IU | Vitamin C: 88mg | Calcium: 296mg | Iron: 6mg

Please note these nutritional values provided above are just an estimate. Actual numbers will vary based on brands and ingredients you choose, and your preferred portion sizes.

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