Howlin’ Chili-Cheese Pizza

 
My kids have always loved this pizza at Halloween time and often cut the cheese slices to create a jack-o-lantern face on the pizza.  I like it that I can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes flat!
Howlin’ Chili-Cheese Pizza

1 lb. bulk sausage

8 oz. can tomato sauce
½ cup chili beans with juice
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided use
1 – pre-baked pizza crust
3-4 slices Monterey Jack or Colby Jack cheese
Cilantro, sour cream, sliced olives, for garnish

In a large sauté pan, brown sausage over medium heat until meat is no longer pink, approx. 10-12 minutes.  Drain fats, then stir in tomato sauce, chili beans, and chili powder. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 4-5 minutes. Spread cheddar cheese over pizza crust; top with prepared sausage mixture. Cut desired Halloween shapes from cheese slices and place onto pizza.  Bake in preheated 425 degree F. oven for approx. 20-22 minutes or until chili topping is hot throughout and cheese is melted and bubbly.  Let pizza set for 5 minutes before slicing.  Garnish slices with sour cream, cilantro, and sliced olives, as desired.
Now You’re Spookin’,
Chef Alli

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