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Game Time Chili Pockets

Chili without the bowl

Chili season and sports playoff season were made for each other.

We like to watch those “big games” on television as a family, gathered in the living room. But I am always aware of the potential for chili, carpet and children to collide (not made for each other), so we have these delicious puff pastries filled with a hearty chili to warm up your family and keep the carpet chili-stain free.


  • 1/4 lb. lean ground beef, cooked and drained
  • 1 15 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 14.5 oz. can chili-ready tomatoes, drained
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. steak sauce (like A1 or Heinz 57)
  • 2 boxes puff pastry sheets
  • 1 egg
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

How to

  1. Let the puff pastry sit at room temperature to thaw; this will take about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Whisk egg in small bowl. Set aside.
  4. In a large pot, cook beef and drain off grease.
  5. Add beans and tomatoes to meat.
  6. Add chili powder and steak sauce.
  7. Heat thoroughly.
  8. While heating chili mixture, lay out puff pastry sheets and cut each pastry puff sheet into 4 squares.
  9. Brush a small amount of egg on the left and bottom edges of puff pastry squares, in an L-shaped pattern.
  10. Using a slotted spoon to drain off extra liquid, place small amounts of filling onto middle of puff square.
  11. Fold dry edges over onto egg-coated edges to form a triangle. Use a fork to press along edges to seal.
  12. Place chili-filled pastry triangles onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  13. Brush tops with remaining egg.
  14. Bake for 20−25 minutes until tops are golden brown.


More info


  • Puff pastry can be found in the freezer section of most grocery stores.
  • It’s important to thaw out the puff pastry before using — the pastry is hard to unfold when frozen and can break.
  • Adjust the amount of chili powder to your family’s liking — some like a stronger chili flavor (add more in that case) and some like less (add less).
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese along with the chili into the pockets before baking.
  • Dip your chili pocket in nacho cheese sauce or sour cream for extra deliciousness.


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