Cauldron of Chili With Spider Breads

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by Annacia

Top a steaming bowl of chili with a friendly (and edible!) breadstick spider. 8 servings (1 cup chili and 1 spider bread each).

Top Review by ellie_

Very good and easy too! This is a very mild chili (but can very easily be made spicer by just using the "hot" beans and tomato sauce. I used Rotel tomatoes (one can original and one can mild) along with the "mild" chili beans for a very enjoyable chili dinner -- we also loved the spider breads! Thanks for sharing this keeper!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 lb lean ground beef (at least 80%)
  • 34 cup chopped onion
  • 2 (14 1/2 ounce) cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15 ounce) cangreen giant spicy chili beans, undrained
  • 1 (11 ounce) cangreen giant mexicorn whole mexicorn whole kernel corn, undrained
  • 1 (11 ounce) canpillsbury refrigerated breadstick dough (12 breadsticks)
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 3 -4 small pimento stuffed olives, sliced
  • 12 cup finely shredded cheddar cheese (2 oz)


  1. In 12-inch skillet, cook beef and onions over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain. Stir in tomatoes, chili beans and corn.
  2. Heat to boiling.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer uncovered 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Meanwhile, heat oven to 375°F Unroll dough; separate at perforations into 12 breadsticks.
  5. Cut 4 of the breadsticks in half lengthwise; on ungreased cookie sheets, shape into 8 coils.
  6. Cut each remaining breadstick lengthwise into 3 strips, making 24 long strips.
  7. Cut each in half crosswise, making 48 short strips.
  8. Place 3 short strips on each side of each coil, placing ends under coil; pinch to attach. Bend strips in center to look like spider legs, or place crumbled small piece of foil (about 3x1/2 inch) under 3 "legs" to make them stand up in center.
  9. Brush breads with beaten egg white.
  10. Place 2 olive slices on each to look like eyes.
  11. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until "spider body" is light golden brown and "legs" are golden brown.
  12. Top individual servings of chili with cheese; serve with warm spider breads.

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