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Chili Pizza with Rice Crust

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"Chili and rice are made for each other, and this recipe is a perfect way to meld the two! Just as the title suggests, this recipe delivers a 'pizza' made with a rice crust and topped with your favorite chili. Easily adaptable for vegan or gluten-free diets. After baking, garnish with cilantro or arugula if desired. Serves 4 as a main course with salad, or 1 hungry teenager."
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1 h 11 m servings 458
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Heat water and rice in a saucepan; boil for 1 minute and remove from heat. Cover; let stand until water is absorbed and rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Spoon warm rice into a bowl; stir in Parmesan cheese. Allow mixture to cool.
  3. Coat a pizza pan with cooking spray. Dust with 1 1/2 teaspoon cornmeal.
  4. Mix beaten egg, sesame seeds, and cilantro into rice mixture. Mound in the center of the prepared pizza pan. Shape into a deep-dish crust, approximately 1/4-inch deep with slightly raised edges. Dust edges with remaining cornmeal.
  5. Bake on the upper rack of the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Slide crust carefully from the pan directly onto the oven rack using a pizza paddle; bake until just starting to brown, 5 to 8 minutes more. Use the paddle to remove crust from the oven and return it to the pan.
  6. Top pizza with chili, Cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese, and panko. Spray with cooking spray.
  7. Return pizza to the hot oven; bake until cheese bubbles, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from oven; let stand for 5 minutes.


  • Cook's Note:
  • When shaping the crust, use your hands and the back of a dampened wooden spoon to press and mold the rice.
  • Editor's Note:
  • Parboiled rice is also known as converted rice; look for it in boxes in the rice aisle.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 458 calories; 16.8 58.9 19.7 86 906 Full nutrition

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