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Illini Union Chili

Illini Union Chili created by BarbryT

Yes, from the Illini Union cafeteria at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Got my bachelor's there, worked there for 12 years, got my master's there and this mild, yummy soothing chili was a mainstay. Still is, only now I make it myself. I generally make at least a double and often a triple batch because it freezes beautifully. I also use about half light red and half dark red kidney beans, just because. For authenticity, serve with fritos. Also excellent with hot corn bread. A really good variation is to add some small-diced raw green pepper and halved or quartered fresh grape tomatoes for a bit of a crunch and nice freshness, when serving.

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3hrs 15mins
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  • Lightly brown ground chuck in large skillet.
  • Add chopped onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are tender.
  • Add tomato puree, chili powder, salt, ground cumin and water.
  • Add kidney beans and mix.
  • Simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 to 3 hours.
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"Yes, from the Illini Union cafeteria at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Got my bachelor's there, worked there for 12 years, got my master's there and this mild, yummy soothing chili was a mainstay. Still is, only now I make it myself. I generally make at least a double and often a triple batch because it freezes beautifully. I also use about half light red and half dark red kidney beans, just because. For authenticity, serve with fritos. Also excellent with hot corn bread. A really good variation is to add some small-diced raw green pepper and halved or quartered fresh grape tomatoes for a bit of a crunch and nice freshness, when serving."
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  1. mama smurf
    Made this for our lunch and I did add some onions and jalapenos otherwise I followed the instructions. DH felt that it needed a little more spice I thought it was fine. Maybe my chili powder was old...it was almost gone. Anyway we enjoyed this. Thank you for posting. Made for 2014 Zaar Cookbook Tag game.
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  2. morgainegeiser
    This was a nice chili, I did add some onions, I just can't have chili without onions in it. I also added some diced tomatoes, I felt the tomato puree wasn't enough tomatoes (that's just a personal preference) I enjoyed the rest of the flavors in this chili.
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  3. Doglover61aka Earnh
    Made this for the Australian/New Zealand recipe swap, March 2008!Terrific chili!!! I believe this will become my new recipe! It's nice that it's thicker than when using tomato juice; hubby & daughter loved it!! They loved the name, too!! Thanks BarbryT!!
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    Illini Union Chili Created by BarbryT
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  5. lauralie41
    This is a thicker chili that I cooked in my crock pot on low. I used tomato sauce, a bit more chili powder, omitted the salt, and used about a tablespoon of cumin. Added the green pepper along with the onions and garlic when browning the ground chuck. Right before serving I also added the grape tomatoes just to warm thru. Thank you Barbry T for a nice chili recipe.
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