Rootin’-Tootin’ Cincinnati Chili

Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili

Rootin’-Tootin’ Cincinnati Chili


Recipe provided courtesy of Taste of Home magazine.  Find more great recipes at


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 topping.

        Holly Gomez                                                                  Seabrook, New Hampshire


Rootin’-Tootin’ Cincinnati Chili  Recipe


Rootin’-Tootin’ Cincinnati Chili

1 lb. ground beef

1 small onion, chopped

1 small green pepper, chopped

1 garlic clove, minced

1 can (14.5 oz.) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained

1 cup root beer

2 Tbsp. chili powder

2 Tbsp. tomato paste

2 Tbsp. minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1 Tbsp. ground cumin

1 beef bouillon cube

Hot cooked spaghetti

Optional toppings:  crushed tortilla chips, chopped green onions, shredded cheddar,

and Parmesan cheese


In a large saucepan, cook beef, onions and green pepper over 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.

Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.  Serve with spaghetti.  Garnish with chips, green onion and chesses if desired.            4 servings


(Recipe for Rootin’-Tootin’ Cincinnati Chili was in, 2015)


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