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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 beef
  • 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 Jan. 20, 2015

"Please take the word Cincinnati out of the title for this chili. It is nothing like Cincinnati Chili. CC has 1lb grd beef & 1 lb grd pork boiled in water. Then you add chopped up onions, bay leaves, tomato paste, salt & pepper. It is usually served over vermicelli and topped with kidney beans, onions and shredded Colby cheese. This used to be called a Hay Wagon. Now it's called a 5-way."

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"I have lived all my life In Cincinnati and that's a long time. This chili was good but I can assure you that it is not Cincinnati Chili. I grew up on Cincinnati chili as well as my kids and grands. I know what I am talking about. Good but nowhere near Skyline, Dixie, Empress or Gold Star which are all true Cincinnati Chili."

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Reviewed Oct. 6, 2014

"This is okay but please don't call it "Cincinnati" chili! We lived in Cincy and this is definitely not the same!"

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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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