The spices are spot on! Don't change them until you've at least tried them as listed in the ingredients. I used garlic powder instead of fresh cloves. I also added a can of Rotel tomatoes for more flavor and bulk. I used over 8 ounces of fresh mushrooms which I roughly chopped. They seem to melt away, yet they added to the over all richness of the chili. I simmered the chili for just two hours and that seemed more than adequate.<br/><br/>10/08/13 UPDATE: There's a YouTube demo of this recipe being prepared. The chili came out great. Here's the link: http://youtu.be/SQ199_dSCNY
Loved this, cant wait to finish it tomorrow! I halved the recipe and used 2 garlic cloves, omitted the chili powder, red pepper and allspice (didn't have any of this) - I also used extra onions. Thought it was runny and not very flavorful...UNTIL...I took the lid of the pot and it simmered nearly 2.5 hours...was thicker, and so much flavor! had alot of heat without the items I omitted, so glad I did. I actually used ground turkey. very yummy. Made 4 cups at. each 2 cup serving was about 336 calories and 6 carbs...sweet!!!!! (2 cups and a moch cornbread muffin filled me up!!!) thanks...great chili..
I did not let it set for 3 hours! I like the spices mix! To lower the calories I added in more water and a pound of meat instead of 2 pounds. My calorie count for lean meat and all the other ingredients was 245 for 2 and 1/4 cups pers person, 5 of us! Thanks for SHARING!
Loved this recipe! Even my fussy husband said I could make it again. I tried the stewing beef with fresh mushrooms and kept the rest of the recipe as is. I browned the beef, threw everything in the crockpot and had a delicious meal waiting for us when we got home. For those who end up making two meals .... one no carb and one with carbs for the rest of the family this recipe goes great over rice, or add heated beans to the bowls as you are serving. Thank you for sharing the recipe!
This chili recipe rocks! I made this to top hot dogs for lunch as I was having a craving and it hit the spot. The only change I made was to add diced jalapenos for some heat. This was delicious. Thanks so much!
I made this for my husband when he was on a low-carb diet. I couldn't stop eating it myself. I did not add the cinnamon and used fresh mushrooms.
I made it half ground beef, half ground chicken (1 lb each) and used fresh baby bellas chopped up
My wife was kind enough to make this for me tonight and it was awesome. You can definitely taste the cinnamon, but it's not strong or overpowering. The combination of spices really come together and I had 2 bowls. Leftovers tomorrow!
I followed the recipe exactly and put it in my crockpot on low all day. The spiciness was perfect for me but I'm still on the fence about the cinnamon. I don't think it would be the same without it but I think next time I'll do 1/2 teaspoon instead. I also used nearly three pounds of hamburger since that's how much was in my package. Great for Atkins induction phase.
I substituted turkey for beef in this marvelous chili and both my fiance and I LOVE it. The combination of spices definitely makes this recipe so good. I've made it about 5 times now and we keep loving it. If you're on a low carb diet, this is definitely a nice break from the same old heavy meat based meals and the mushrooms bring in some good fiber!