Empress - Cincinnati Chili

READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
Recipe by Chicagoland Chef du

This recipe was given to my better half, from his Uncle Dave, over 35 years ago. It has been a huge hit with our family & guests! NOTE: with all spices it is best to use a well rounds measure Get all the toppings lined up and let your guests create their own tasty chili. Freezes well if there are any leftovers.

Top Review by Adria I.

While close, this is NOT the Empress Chili Recipe. We have an original card, given to our family. Sorry.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. NOTES: All seasonings/ spices should be measured using rounded t/T for a full flavor. You may want to use a level measure of cayenne. It packs heat!
  3. Add 8C of water to deep stock pot.
  4. Using your hands, add the raw ground beef and break up the raw beef as you add it to the water.
  5. Add all other ingredients and bring to a boil. NOTE: remove the lid of the pot or tip it so the steam can escape.
  6. Simmer for several (4) hours or more to reduce the amount of the liquid. Stir often. Reduce until the chili is thick.
  7. When desired consistency is achieved: remove bay leaves and whole peppers.
  8. Served 5 ways! Add your favorite toppings as suggested above.

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