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    Empress - Cincinnati Chili

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    4 hrs 30 mins

    30 mins

    4 hrs

    Chicagoland Chef du Jour's Note:

    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.

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    One way chili

    Two way chili

    • pasta topped with chili

    Three way chili

    Four way chili

    • top with raw onion, finely chopped

    Five way chili


    1. 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!
    2. 2
    3. 3
      Add 8C of water to deep stock pot.
    4. 4
      Using your hands, add the raw ground beef and break up the raw beef as you add it to the water.
    5. 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. 6
      Simmer for several (4) hours or more to reduce the amount of the liquid. Stir often. Reduce until the chili is thick.
    7. 7
      When desired consistency is achieved: remove bay leaves and whole peppers.
    8. 8
      Served 5 ways! Add your favorite toppings as suggested above.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on September 23, 2012


      This is fantastic! The spice mixture is perfect without having too much heat. I made this just as written, and let everyone choose their own toppings. Most of us had it "5-way." We'll be having this again for sure. Thanx for sharing!

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    • on September 22, 2012


      Wonderful chili! Did 4 way and loved it. Dh had three helpings and only a small amount left. Will have it for lunch later this week.

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    • on March 08, 2008


      Great chili. Cooking the beef in water without browning was new to me and I was a little skeptical about how the chili would taste. I needn't have worried as it was so good. I served mine 4 ways--without beans.

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    Nutritional Facts for Empress - Cincinnati Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (469 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 328.6
    Calories from Fat 142
    Total Fat 15.8 g
    Saturated Fat 6.2 g
    Cholesterol 98.2 mg
    Sodium 1332.6 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 13.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.9 g
    Sugars 6.6 g
    Protein 32.6 g

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