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Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili

 Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili
Yes, there's root beer in this spicy chili, and it adds a nice touch of sweetness. Serve over spaghetti and let everyone add their own favorite toppings. —Holly Gomez, Seabrook, New Hampshire
4 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.


  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
    With Johnsonville Italian Sausage.

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  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 cup root beer
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 beef bouillon cube
  • Hot cooked spaghetti
  • Optional toppings: crushed tortilla chips, chopped green onions, and shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheeses


  • In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and green pepperover
  • medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute
  • longer. Drain. Add the tomatoes, root beer, chili powder, tomato
  • paste, chipotle peppers, cumin and bouillon. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to
  • blend. Serve with spaghetti. Garnish with chips, green onions and

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Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • cheeses if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cup (calculated without spaghetti and toppings) equals 310 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 70 mg cholesterol, 662 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 23 g protein.