Sunny's Easy Chili Cheese French Bread Pizza

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 30 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 16 slices
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One 2-foot-long wide loaf French bread, sliced in half lengthwise

1/4 cup herbed garlic butter, melted 

4 cups Sunny's 5-Ingredient Chili, recipe follows

1 cup shredded mozzarella (from a block) 

1 cup shredded sharp Cheddar (from a block) 

16 slices fresh jalapeno (from 1 to 2 jalapenos) 


2 scallions, chopped on the bias

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 

Hot sauce, for topping 

Mexican crema, for drizzling 

Sunny's 5-Ingredient Chili:

1 large onion, chopped

2 to 3 tablespoons chili powder 

2 1/2 pounds ground chuck 

Two 10-ounce cans diced tomatoes and green chiles 

One 16-ounce can black, pinto or kidney beans, drained 


  1. For the pizza: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Remove a bit of bread from the inside of each bread half, leaving about 1 inch of bread in the base. Brush the insides and edges with the garlic butter and place the bread on a baking sheet. Bake until golden on the edges, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven.
  3. Evenly distribute the Chili along the length of the bread. Sprinkle the cheese over the top and arrange the jalapenos so there will be one slice on each serving. Bake until the cheese is melted and the edges of the bread are golden, 15 to 18 minutes.
  4. For the garnish: Top the pizza with the scallions, cilantro, a few shakes of hot sauce and a drizzle of crema. Slice each half into 8 pieces. Serve immediately.

Sunny's 5-Ingredient Chili:

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
  1. Add 2 tablespoons olive or cooking oil, 2 1/2 teaspoons salt, a few grinds of black pepper and the onion to a large pot over medium heat and cook until tender. Add the chili powder and beef and cook, breaking up the beef into bits, until cooked through. Stir in the tomatoes and chiles and the beans, then cover and cook for 20 minutes. To thicken the chili further, simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes more.