Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili Recipe
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Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili Recipe

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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
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground turkey or beef
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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

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.

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to blend. Serve with spaghetti. Garnish with chips, green onions and cheeses if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili in Taste of Home February/March 2010, p57

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.

Reviews for Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

this has become a favorite dish in my family. Use different noodles, corn bread and the like to keep it interestiing

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Reviewed Dec. 11, 2013

Not even close to Cincinnati style chili !

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

A good, different way to have chili for us, but a little too much kick for our family.

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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2013

I've tried this recipe a couple of times and find it to be a pretty good chili. I liked it because it is a bit different...certainly not your average beef and bean chili. What it is NOT is any kind of Cincinnati chili. Authentic Cincinnati chili has no adobo chilies in it because they're too smokey and it always includes cinnamon and sometimes chocolate. Cincinnati chili is always served over spaghetti, some add beans on top, some add cheese on top and some include chopped onions too.

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Reviewed Apr. 1, 2013

This was okay but being from Cincinnati, it doesn't taste like Cincinnati chili at all.

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