Homemade Chili in Cheesy Crescent Cups

Homemade Chili in Cheesy Crescent Cups - thick, rich chili in buttery, flaky and delicious "cups!" At littlemisscelebration.comOne thing about chili – there are as many fantastic recipes for chili as they are people who make chili! Don’t you think chili is such a delicious, cold weather comfort food? This is a great, basic, stick-to-the-ribs chili, chock full of beef and beans. While corn bread is the natural partner to chili, I thought I’d change it up and serve it in edible cups – made with Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls and cheddar cheese! We loved how the flaky, buttery Crescent cups tasted with the spicy chili.

Ever since I made the Vanilla Cream French Toast Cups with Apple Filling and the Lemon Lime Curd in Sugared Wonton Cups last year, I’ve become a little bit obsessed with edible serving cups! This chili is so thick, you can, almost, have your chili to go. The family was definitely skeptical on the Crescent cups at first; they love their corn bread and muffins! I heard “Will you make those again, soon?” Success!

I always double or triple the batch of chili, so I have some to freeze. Use a 6-cavity muffin pan to make the Crescent cups, so you get lots of tender & flaky space to hold your chili!

Chili in Cheesy Crescent Cups

  • 1 lb. ground chuck
  • 1 large (26 ounce) can of kidney beans (dark or light) well-drained
  • 1 large (28 ounce) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 large onion, finely diced
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1-2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon of chili powder

Brown ground chuck with onions in large pot and drain off fat. Add crushed tomatoes, kidney beans, garlic powder, sugar and red pepper. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer for 60 minutes. Add chili powder and simmer for an additional 30 minutes. Adjust red pepper and chili powder according to your heat preference! Serve piping hot with your favorite toppings – cheese, onions, sour cream, etc.

Cheesy Crescent Cups
Makes 4 Cups

  • One package of Pillsbury® Crescent Rolls
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Pam Cooking Spray

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly spray each cavity of muffin pan with Pam Cooking Spray. Open Crescents; use two “triangles” of dough for each cup. Gently press dough into muffin cavity to form a cup. Sprinkle the bottom of each cup with grated cheddar cheese.

cresents in pan

Bake Crescent cups according to package directions, approximately 11-13 minutes or until golden brown. As cups start to puff, remove from oven and with a spoon, gently press down the centers, return to oven and finish baking. Remove Crescent cups from tins, fill with chili and top with additional grated cheddar cheese.

Homemade Chili in Cheesy Crescent Cups - thick, rich chili in buttery, flaky and delicious "cups!" At littlemisscelebration.com

We still love corn bread, but I’m kind of thinking this is going to become a new family favorite way to eat chili. I’m thinking that next fall, I might try to do this in mini muffin tins with a small amount of chili in each as an appetizer for a football Sunday. What do you think of that idea? Potentially too messy? Definitely need to make sure the guys use plates!

Homemade Chili in Cheesy Crescent Cups - thick, rich chili in buttery, flaky and delicious "cups!" At littlemisscelebration.com

Thank you so much for stopping by and enjoy some chili soon, because hopefully winter will soon be in our review mirror! Have a great day!

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  1. Cindy, this looks yummy. First thing I thought of when I saw them was that my boys would pull the crescent rolls off and just eat them! This would be great for a celebration!

  2. These are so clever, Cindy! I love them. :)
    Pinned & sharing!

  3. Mmmm. Chili in crescent roll cups. They look delicious. I stinking love to use those rolls {or even their biscuits} to make little food cups and chili sounds so good right now! Pinned! xo

  4. Those are so cool Cindy! I am always looking for different ways to eat chili. :) PInning to some chili boards!!

  5. My family enjoys chili all year long, Cindy, and what a fun way to eat it! Crescent rolls are so versatile…love them! Hope the rest of winter speeds by for you! :)

  6. Love these cute chili cups! I am all about mini-servings these days. Chili looks good too!

  7. Oh my heavens these look tasty! My boys would love them. Pinning!

  8. Love these chili cups Cindy, what a great way to enjoy one of our favorite comfort meals. Such fun and creative bites – my lil guy would love this idea too! Pinning :)

  9. I love edible cups too and what a great idea to make chili cups! Your chili recipe is just like my mom’s. Pinned. Have a great weekend Cindy!!

  10. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says:

    Chili is good any time, all the time – and these cups make it so fun!! I know my kiddos would go crazy over these, Cindy! Thanks so much for linking up to Freedom Fridays – I’ve pinned this and will be sharing on my Facebook page! Have a great weekend! Hugs :)

    • Hi Jamie! Thank you so much for your visit, the party, the pin, for sharing and of course, your friendship most of all! :) This was a fun way to serve chili (and easy!) and my family loved it! Happy Saturday! Hugs right back to you!

  11. Cindy, I can never get tired of chili. I’d even eat it all week long. I secretly make a huge batch every single time… JUST so we can have leftovers. And this is a great idea to do and switch it up a bit! Love it.

    • Hi Gloria – I agree totally, how can we ever get tired of chili? This was a fun way to have it and I wasn’t sure how my cornbread fanatic family would react but they loved it! (Always a good thing, right? It doesn’t always work out that way, lol) Thank you so much for visiting! Have a happy Saturday and enjoy a wonderful weekend!

  12. Cindy, what do you think about this dish for a party? Either a Superbowl party or maybe a teen birthday or a baby or bridal shower? They are so pretty…and delicious!

    • Hi Sinea! I think these would be great for a party! Even a smaller size, maybe in regular cupcake or mini muffin tins, too. We’re definitely thinking the same, because I’m going to make these for football weekends in the fall. :) Thank you so much for visiting and hope you are having a happy weekend!

  13. I just had to sneak over her and pin this!! (also sharing) I love these babies!! On my gotta try list!!

    Hugs from Freedom Fridays With Al My Bloggy Friends!!

  14. Two of my fave foods in one yummy cup! Thanks for sharing Cindy. I can’t wait to make this recipe. Pinned :)

  15. How fun are these- Cindy?! My boys would love them- so fun to eat! Pinning:)

  16. Brilliant, Cindy! :) Who wouldn’t love a dinner of these adorable li’l chili cups? I’m so glad you brought these to Treasure Box Tuesday- I’m sharing them on Facebook this afternoon! ♥

  17. Oh my goodness! I am SO making these tomorrow night and my family is going to LOVE me (well like they love me any ways, I think they will love me even more) – thanks!!!

    • Heather, you are too funny! These were a big hit at my house and I wondered because they are such corn bread addicts, but I think this is a new fave! Let me know what you think if you try it. Have a wonderful Saturday and weekend!

  18. These are awesome!!! My boys would flip for these. Thanks for sharing on Saturday Night Fever – pinned!

    • Thanks, Jen! Even my big guy loved these! Thanks so much for the pin and especially the party. I’ll see you soon and enjoy your weekend!

  19. I love this idea. I can just taste those edible cups. You just can’t go wrong with bread and cheese. And we love our chili down here in Texas!

    • Thanks, Sharon! You’re right, bread and cheese is always a win-win! Thanks so much for visiting and I hope you have a happy weekend!

  20. Chili is my middle name Cindy! lol I love this idea…sounds easy too. I like how you put the touch of cheese on the bottom :)

  21. These look AMAZING!! Yummers.


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