Savory Bread Bowl Chili buns – Recipe

Picture this: a steaming hot bowl of hearty chili, overflowing with tender beef, red kidney beans, and tangy crushed tomatoes. But instead of being served in a regular old bowl, it’s nestled inside a freshly baked bread bowl. The crusty bread is crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and perfectly complements the rich and savory chili. This is what I call “Bread Bowl Chili Buns”.

I know what you’re thinking – making homemade bread bowls for your chili sounds daunting and time-consuming. But fear not, because I have simplified the process so that even novice bakers and cooks can whip up this delicious recipe with ease. Trust me when I say that the extra effort in making the bread bowls is well worth it once you take your first bite.

Not only is this recipe visually appealing and unique, but it’s also versatile in terms of what type of chili you want to use. Whether you prefer beef chili, turkey chili, or even a vegetarian option, the bread bowl complements all flavors and textures of chili. Plus, it’s perfect for hosting parties or game day – guests can simply grab a bread bowl full of chili and enjoy without any fuss or extra dishes.

So, without further ado, let’s dive into my recipe for Bread Bowl Chili Buns!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Bread Bowl Chili Buns
Bread Bowl Chili Buns

Are you tired of the same old boring chili recipe? Want to take your chili game to the next level? Look no further than this delicious Bread Bowl Chili Buns Recipe!

Not only does this recipe offer a unique and creative way to serve your chili, but the combination of the hearty chili with the warm and crusty bread bow is sure to satisfy your cravings.

What sets this recipe apart from others is the homemade bread bowls that hold the chili. The bread adds an extra layer of texture and flavor to every bite- it’s like having two separate dishes in one!

Plus, you can easily customize this recipe to your liking by adding different toppings like cheddar cheese, green onions, or sour cream. And for those who like a little extra kick in their chili, you can adjust the seasoning with additional chili powder or black pepper.

Not only is this recipe delicious and satisfying, it’s also a fun and impressive way to serve your chili when hosting guests. The presentation of each individual bread bowl filled with chili will have everyone reaching for seconds.

So what are you waiting for? Upgrade your traditional chili recipe with these mouthwatering Bread Bowl Chili Buns. Bon appétit!

Ingredient List

 Golden brown baked buns with chili oozing out, a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds
Golden brown baked buns with chili oozing out, a treat for the eyes and the tastebuds

Get Your Ingredients Ready

Making Bread Bowl Chili Buns requires several main ingredients to get started. Here’s what you’ll need to make this hearty and delicious chilli recipe:

  • Bread Bowls: You’ll need six small round bread loaves or one large round bread loaf for the bread bowls.
  • Ground Beef: Lean ground beef (90% lean) works best in this recipe.
  • Onion and Garlic: These aromatic vegetables add plenty of flavor to the meat and tomato base.
  • Crushed Tomatoes and Kidney Beans: These are the main components of the chili sauce. Pick up canned to save time.
  • Chili Powder, Seasoning Salt, Black Pepper, and Salt: These spices make up the flavor profile for the beef chili. Adjust measurements to your liking.
  • Onion Soup Mix: A secret ingredient in making an amazing chili sauce. One packet will do.
  • Cheddar Cheese and Green Onions: Grated cheddar cheese and chopped green onions are sprinkled on top of the baked bread bowls filled with chili.

With these ingredients ready, it’s time to get started.

The Recipe How-To

Now, it’s time to get our hands dirty and make some delicious bread bowl chili buns! Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to do it.


  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 large chopped onion
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon of chili powder
  • 2 cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can of red kidney beans
  • 1 package of seasoning salt
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Chili bread bowls or homemade bread bowls


  1. Heat a large pot over medium heat and brown the ground beef.
  2. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic, cook until the onions are tender.
  3. Mix in the chili powder, and then add the crushed tomatoes, red kidney beans, and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce heat and let it simmer for about an hour.
  5. While waiting for the chili to cook, prepare the bread bowls by hallowing out round bread or king hawaiian rolls.
  6. Pour your favorite chili recipe into the inside of a bread bowl.
  7. Top with shredded cheddar cheese and chopped green onions, then serve and enjoy!

Note: If you prefer, instead of individual chili bread bowls, you can make a large football-shaped loaf filled with chili, for easy servings during your next party.

Making bread bowl chili buns is easy-peasy if you follow these instructions carefully. Be sure not to leave out any ingredients for that extra flavor, specially using homemade artisan bread dough will add that crunch you’re craving!

Substitutions and Variations

 Perfectly carved bread bowls waiting to be filled with delicious chili
Perfectly carved bread bowls waiting to be filled with delicious chili

When it comes to this bread bowl chili buns recipe, there’s no need to stick to a rigid formula. You can get creative and experiment with different ingredients that suit your taste preferences. Here are some possible substitutions and variations to consider:

-Cheese: Although cheddar cheese is commonly used in this recipe, you may substitute it with any other type of cheese you like. Monterey Jack or pepper jack cheese can add an extra kick.

-Vegetables: Feel free to switch up the veggies. Instead of green pepper, try adding red pepper or even jalapeño for a spicier kick. You could also toss in some corn or diced tomatoes for additional texture and flavor.

-Meat: For a change of pace, try making this recipe with ground turkey instead of beef. You can also add diced bacon for added flavor and crunch.

-Spices: If you like it hot, go heavier on the chili powder or add a pinch of cayenne pepper. Alternatively, if you don’t want too much heat, reduce the amount of chili powder and black pepper.

-Bread Bowl Alternatives: While bread bowls made from round artisan bread or King Hawaiian Rolls are great choices, you could also try using sourdough bread or Panera Bread buns. Additionally, if you’re looking for something smaller, mini bread bowls or slider buns could be perfect for party snacks.

Whatever substitutions or variations you make, be sure to taste test as you go along to ensure that the flavors are well-balanced.

Serving and Pairing

 Filling up the bread bowls with scrumptious chili, the perfect comfort food for the chilly night
Filling up the bread bowls with scrumptious chili, the perfect comfort food for the chilly night

Ah, the moment of truth. So you’ve made the beefy and flavorful chili and you’ve baked your lovely bread bowls to perfection. Now, how do you serve them? First things first – don’t be afraid to get messy! This is a hearty meal that benefits from dipping, scooping and savoring.

One option is to serve your bread bowl chili buns solo or on a bed of greens for a complete meal. It offers everything you need in one fell swoop – protein, veggies, carbs and cheese. Plus, it’s totally customizable; each person can add their preferred amount of sour cream (or even guacamole or hot sauce) to round out the flavors.

Another possibility for serving is as a part of a platter alongside traditional party foods like chips, dips or sliders. The mini bread bowl chili sliders recipe makes for an excellent addition to any appetizer spread or sports game gathering. Just be sure to have plenty of napkins on hand.

The artisan-inspired bread bowls also work well alongside other soups such as homemade turkey chili or creamy tomato bisque. Dip in your sourdough bread to soak up all that delicious broth.

As for pairing – this hearty chili offers extra zip thanks to the chili powder and seasoning salt. For those who prefer beer, reach for a crisp lager that will complement the spices in the dish without overpowering it. Alternatively, a red wine with bold notes such as a cabernet sauvignon or zinfandel can hold its own against the robust flavors of the chili.

No matter how you choose to enjoy your bread bowl chili buns recipe – just make sure you have lots of cheese and green onions on hand for perfect toppings!

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 Layers of flavors coming together in these delightful chili buns
Layers of flavors coming together in these delightful chili buns

One of the best things about this bread bowl chili buns recipe is that it can be made ahead of time, making it perfect for a busy schedule or that special occasion. The bowls can be prepared up to 2 days in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.

To store the bread bowls, simply wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap and place them in an airtight container. This will keep them fresh and prevent them from drying out or becoming stale.

When it’s time to reheat your bread bowls and chili, there are a few different options. You can warm them up individually in the microwave or oven for a quick and easy meal. To reheat in the oven, place the bowls on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake at 350F for about 10-15 minutes, or until heated through.

If you have leftover chili, it can also be frozen for later use. Simply let it cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container or freezer bag and store it in the freezer. To thaw, simply place it in the refrigerator overnight and reheat as desired.

Overall, this bread bowl chili buns recipe is perfect for those who like to plan ahead and can even be enjoyed multiple times by storing and reheating leftovers with minimal fuss.

Tips for Perfect Results

 When your favorite soup and your favorite bread meet, magic happens in the form of bread bowl chili buns
When your favorite soup and your favorite bread meet, magic happens in the form of bread bowl chili buns

Now that you’re ready to make some delicious bread bowl chili buns, it’s important to keep some tips in mind to ensure that the results are perfect. Whether you’re making it for a family gathering or just a cozy night in, follow these tips for an unforgettable meal.

First, when hollowing out your bread bowl, make sure to leave at least half an inch of bread on all sides. This will ensure that the bowl keeps its shape and doesn’t collapse under the weight of the chili. You can save the scooped-out bread for other recipes or turn them into mini bread bowls for appetizers.

Next, use lean ground beef with a fat content of at least 90% to cut down on grease and avoid having an overly oily chili. Alternatively, you can also use ground turkey or even chorizo for a different flavor profile.

When adding the seasoning mix, chili powder is crucial for giving your beef chili that signature smoky kick. Don’t be afraid to add more than the recipe calls for if you like it spicier! However, make sure to taste as you go and adjust salt and black pepper levels accordingly.

To prevent your bread bowl from getting soggy before serving, brush the inside with melted butter before filling it with chili. This creates a barrier between the bread and chili without sacrificing flavor.

Finally, when serving your bread bowl chili buns, top each one with shredded cheddar cheese, diced green peppers, sliced green onions and a dollop of sour cream. This not only adds texture and color but also enhances the overall flavor profile.

Follow these tips for perfect results and get ready to impress your guests with these hearty and delicious bread bowl chili buns!


Now, let’s move on to the Frequently Asked Questions section. Here you will find answers to questions about the recipe that you may have been too shy to ask, or simply never thought of until now. Don’t worry, I’m here to provide clarity and put any doubts to rest. So, let’s get started!

What type of bread is best for chili?

When it comes to the perfect accompaniment to a hearty bowl of chili, nothing quite hits the spot like a delicious, soft, and buttery cornbread. And with the help of a trusty Jiffy cornbread mix and a few other key ingredients, this classic dish is a breeze to make, leaving you with a delicious and satisfying side dish that’s sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

How do I keep my bread bowl from getting soggy?

As a culinary explorer, I’ve learned that serving a thicker soup inside a bread bowl is the best way to prevent it from getting soggy. If you prefer a broth-based soup, it’s essential to be mindful that it will soak up the bread’s center and cause sogginess. To ensure that your bread bowl remains crusty and crisp, serve it immediately after pouring in the soup. Leaving it to sit for long periods will make the bread bowl soggier.

What goes with chili for a potluck?

As a culinary explorer, I have encountered some fascinating recipes that I would like to share with you. These include a delectable Sweet Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter, mouth-watering Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins, spicy Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread, a scrumptious Sweet Cornbread Recipe, and a delightful dessert-like Baked Potatoes Without Foil. Additionally, I have come across some healthy and flavorful side dishes such as Air Fryer Green Beans and Healthy Broccoli Salad, as well as a deliciously creamy Homemade Guacamole that is a Chipotle Copycat. Whether you are looking for a hearty meal or appetizing sides, these recipes are sure to satisfy your taste buds.

Let’s begin with the Sweet Skillet Cornbread with Honey Butter. This Southern staple is a crowd-pleaser and perfect for any event having a family gathering or potluck dinner. The golden brown crust with light and fluffy centers is sure to satisfy the palate. Mastering this recipe requires just a few simple ingredients, a cast-iron skillet, and an oven. To attain the right texture, it is essential to whisk together the dry ingredients, followed by the almond milk, egg, and butter until the cornbread batter is smooth. Keeping the pan sizzling hot before pouring the batter is also crucial to acquiring that perfect crust. Lastly, drench the hot cornbread in melted honey butter for a sweet and sticky outcome.

Another cornbread recipe worth exploring is the Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins, a perfect seasonal treat. Nothing says fall like pumpkin-flavored baked goods. These muffins are a combination of spicy and sweet and are a fantastic way to use your leftover pureed pumpkin. The recipe requires mixing the cornmeal, flour, baking soda, and buttermilk before adding the pumpkin puree, honey, and spices. Once everything is blended, pour the mixture into a muffin tray and bake until golden. Be sure to add some butter and maple glaze to the muffins for a rich and festive addition.

If you’re someone who likes a little kick in their cornbread, then the Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread is a must-try. This Southern staple is perfect as a side dish or can serve as a base for a satisfying chili dish. To reach the perfect blend of spicy and cheesy, it is suggested that a mixture of jalapeño and sharp cheddar be added to the batter. After whisking together the dry ingredients, fold in the shredded cheese and diced jalapeños before baking the cornbread. The result is a savory bread with a crispy crust and gooey center.

Now that we’ve explored savory cornbreads, let’s talk about the Sweet Cornbread Recipe. Stony and lightly sweet, this recipe offers a remarkable depth of flavor. The recipe calls for basic ingredients such as flour, baking powder, salt, and of course, cornmeal. But, adding some creamed corn, sour cream, and honey gives the dish a unique sweet and velvety consistency. The secret to obtaining a perfect light and moist texture is to whisk the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl and then slowly adding the dry ingredients. Once the batter is ready, bake it in a preheated oven and serve for a flavorful and satisfying treat.

To accompany this delicious cornbread, we also have some healthy side dishes to suggest. Air Fryer Green Beans are an excellent option that requires just a few ingredients and a handy air fryer. The recipe calls for fresh green beans tossed in olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper before they are air fried until crispy which makes them a healthy and delicious side dish. Additionally, the Healthy Broccoli Salad is a refreshing side dish that is a combination of broccoli florets, red onion, dried cranberries, and chopped almonds topped with a tangy and healthy dressing. The dish offers a crunchy texture with a balanced taste of sweet and tangy flavors.

Finally, no meal is complete without dessert or a little snack before dinner. The Homemade Guacamole (Chipotle Copycat) is an easy-to-make appetizer that can be enjoyed with tortilla chips or veggies. It’s made by combining ripe avocados, diced tomatoes, fresh herbs, and a bit of lime juice. The recipe replicates the well-recognized recipe of Chipotle and makes a creamy, flavorful dip. Lastly, the Baked Potatoes Without Foil is a delightful snack that requires little effort to make. After scrubbing the potatoes, it is suggested to pierce the skin with a fork before baking them. Once cooked to perfection, sprinkle some sea salt and butter on top and enjoy the baked goodness without any fuss of aluminum foil.

These recipes are not only delicious but easy to make and will add a unique touch to your everyday meals. It’s time to put on your apron, grab some simple ingredients, and explore these exciting dishes.

How do you spice up a bowl of chili?

Looking to boost the taste profile of your regular chili recipe? I’ve got some incredible ingredients that will take it to the next level! By incorporating cocoa powder, bacon, cinnamon, ground coffee and tomato paste, you can create a truly decadent and unique flavor profile that will tantalize your taste buds. These ingredients bring together the perfect balance of sweet and salty flavors that will absolutely delight your senses. So, let’s get started on this elevated chili recipe!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the bread bowl chili buns recipe is a must-try for all culinary explorers out there! It boasts of robust flavors and textures that are sure to excite your taste buds. The combination of hearty chili and artisan bread bowls make for a filling and satisfying meal that can be stored and reheated for future meals.

This chili bread bowl recipe also offers a world of possibilities for customization – from using turkey chili instead of beef chili, to swapping out regular bread with sourdough or Panera breads. You can also experiment with mini chorizo chili buns or even convert them into sliders!

If you’re worried about the bread getting soggy, fear not. I’ve shared tips on how to keep your bread bowls crispy on the outside while maintaining the chewiness on the inside.

So what are you waiting for? Gather your ingredients and get ready to whip up this delectable dish in your very own kitchen. I guarantee that this recipe will become a family favorite and have everyone coming back for seconds (or even thirds!).

Bread Bowl Chili Buns

Bread Bowl Chili Buns Recipe

I have made this many times for a Super Bowl get together. I serve the chili mixture in a medium crockpot to keep warm, serve the onions, sour cream, green peppers and cheese and whatever else you want to serve, on the side in large bowls, hollow out the buns, cover with plastic wrap and place the buns on a plate, and let everyone make their own "chili bowl"! The ingredients listed are just the basics to the chili recipe, of coarse you can add in other ingredients as desired. The amounts stated are good for up to 8 sandwiches, you double the recipe to serve more. The chili is best made a day ahead and refrigerated, just warm over the stove before serving.
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 554 kcal


  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 -2 tablespoon fresh minced garlic (or to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons seasoning salt or 2 teaspoons use white salt
  • black pepper
  • 1 -2 teaspoon dried chili pepper flakes (or to taste) (optional)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans red kidney beans (undrained)
  • 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix (I use Lipton's dry soup mix)
  • 3 -4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 8 kaiser rolls
  • sour cream
  • chopped onion
  • chopped green pepper
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  • In a large pot, sauté the beef with onions, garlic, chili flakes, salt and pepper for about 10-15 minutes, or until the beef is browned; drain any fat.
  • Add in the crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, onion soup mix and chili powder; mix well to combine and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and simmer for 1 hour or up to 3 hours.
  • Meanwhile from the top of the bun (do not cut in half) hollow out leaving about 1/2-inch bread all around, creating bowls (reserve excess bread for dunking in the sauce).
  • Spoon the chili into the buns, allowing them to overflow slightly.
  • Top sour cream, onions, peppers and cheese, or as desired.
  • Delicious!

Your Own Notes


Serving: 397gCalories: 554kcalCarbohydrates: 65.9gProtein: 39.1gFat: 15.2gSaturated Fat: 5.1gCholesterol: 73.9mgSodium: 913.3mgFiber: 12gSugar: 6.5g
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