Chili Bread

Chili bread has become one of my sister-in-law’s signature recipes. Below is my variation on it, which is basically the same except it is a little spicier. I hope you enjoy it as much as both my family and my in-laws enjoy it.

Yield: 2 Loaves

Video Instructions

Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb Ground Beef
  • 1 Can Tomato Sauce (8 oz)
  • ½ Cup Onion
  • ½ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 Tbsp Hot Pepper Powder (or Chili Powder)
  • 1½ Tbsp Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Green Hot Pepper
  • ¾ tsp Salt
  • ⅛ tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Egg Yolk

Dough Ingredients

  • 3¼ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ Cup Water
  • ½ Cup Milk
  • 1 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • 2¼ tsp Active Yeast (1 Package)
  • 1 tsp Salt



Combine ½ cup of luck warm water, ½ cup of luke warm milk, and 2¼ tsp of dry yeast in a large mixing bowl. Stir gently and leave it at room temperature for about 5 minutes for the yeast to rise.


Add 3¼ cups of flour, 1 Tbsp of butter, 1 Tbsp of sugar, and 1 tsp of salt to the yeast mixture. Mix everything together.


Knead the dough for several minutes and then form the dough into a ball. Spread some cooking oil on the surface of the mixing bowl and put the dough in the bowl. The oil will help prevent the dough from sticking to the bowl.


Loosely cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in warm place (in the oven with just the light on) for about 35 minutes, or until the dough doubles in size.


Meanwhile, brown 1 pound of ground beef on medium-low.


Mince ½ cup worth of onion, 1½ Tbsp worth of garlic, and 1 Tbsp worth of green hot pepper.


Once the beef has browned, add the vegetables, 1 can of tomato sauce, 2 Tbsp of hot pepper powder, ¾ tsp of salt, and ⅛ tsp of black pepper. Fry for about 5 minutes on medium-high.


When the dough has risen enough, divide the dough in half.


Roll the dough into a 9 x 13 inch rectangle shape.


Divide the beef filling in half too.


Place half of the filling in the center of the rolled dough in about a 3 x 10 inch shape. Spread the beef evenly.


Sprinkle ¼ cup of cheddar cheese on top of the beef.


Gently cut the uncovered dough into ½ inch strips.


Fold the strips around the beaf and weave them together at the top.


Brush some egg yolk on the surface of the bread dough evenly. This will help make it a shiny golden brown color.


Bake the chili bread for about 20 minutes at 400°F.


Let it cool a little before slicing.


I hope you enjoy this as much as we did.


  1. Tracey says

    Yahoo! We made this as little girls with grandma from an old kids cookbook and I’ve been looking EVERYWHERE for the recipe to make with my son. THANK YOU, THANK YOU! I can’t wait to try it. Our version was not this fancy, just rolled up and it had PEANUTS in it for crunch. 😯

  2. amy au says

    hi farleen,
    thanks for your delicious bread recipe. have been watching your cooking videos and admire your simple and easy to make recipes.

    best regards,

  3. kuripan says

    hi aeri!
    i know it’s you posted it a while ago and i just tried it!
    i have a question though. how can i store uneaten bread? not many people live in my house and this recipe makes a lot of bread!
    it’s definitely yummy though!

    • Jason says

      Hi! You can store it in the refrigerator. When you want to eat it again: slice it, lay the slices down on aluminum foil, and place them in a toaster oven (or regular oven). It helps if you let the bread warm up to room temperature first before reheating.

  4. sonomagal says

    Hi Aeri, You are new to me and I am so happy I found you! THis bread looks delicious and I am going to make it soon! You have made an excellent video and I really like the background music; very nice.
    Have an excellent day and keep posting these great recipes. 😀

  5. JoAnne Han says

    Hi Aeri! I came across your videos on YouTube and it brought me here. I’m having a great time looking through your recipes. I made two loaves of your chili bread for my family and not one piece was leftover! I cheated a little and used frozen pizza dough. I will try to make my own bread next time. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    • says

      hi JoAnne Han,
      So the frozen pizza dough was good for that recipe. Did you like it? because maybe I can cheat a little and try that too. lol Sounds like a easy way to make this. hehe.. thanks

  6. Bo says

    Oh yummy yummy yummy!! I love chili and I love bread. I am definitely going to make this. Aeri, imagine my husband’s expression when I tell him this is Aeri’s recipe!

  7. June says

    This recipe sounds and looks absolutely delicious! I have a question though, did the sister-in-law come up with this recipe from scratch? It looks very professional and even a bit artistic, for a chili bread that is.

    • June says

      Haha! Are you waiting for the cold season so that the chili bread can warm you up? I actually heard that you are supposed to eat cold food in the winter and hot food in the summer. Have you heard of this?

    • says

      hi Bennyrondo,
      How are you and your family ?? I miss you ~~~ It was very nice weather today… everything is great here. :) Hope to talk to you someday again.

  8. layping says

    finally…a new post!!! I luv to bake bread and this one looks so promising. I have all the ingredients so I will make this on Sunday 😉

  9. mills says


    I am so glad you posted another recipe. I missed reading your posts. :) That looks so good, but with my diet I might not be able to eat it. I am sure though my friends will! :mrgreen: I noticed a spelling mistake, it should be yolk, not yoke. I hope you don’t take it as me picking on you, because I am not. I make mistakes too. 😳

    Thank you for all your recipes. :)

  10. farleen says

    your bread baking skills are amazing! i can’t bake bread at all. 😳

    i miss you! i moved last month. i shall be in touch soon.

    :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    love you!

    • says

      hi farleen,
      I miss you too. Oh, it wasn’t too difficult to move to the new area? I hope everything went smooth. So your family likes new life over there? hehe.. I miss your korean cooking food too. 😉 love you ~~~

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