Frontier Midwest Weekend Cincinnati Chili Mix
Secret ingredients of cinnamon and unsweetened chocolate give this dark bean mix its original character. The addition of barbeque sauce with ground beef adds a sweet tang to this easy-to-prepare chili.
Cincinnati Chili Mix Ingredients:
Dark red kidney beans, dark chocolate, sliced onion, cinnamon, garlic, chili spices, mustard and cayenne.
Allergen Information: Certified Gluten-Free
- 2 lbs ground sirloin (or chuck or round)
- 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (sweet rather than smoky)
- 1 cup water
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar
- Crumble and brown ground meat in a 3 to 4-quart pot with 1 or 2 tablespoons oil, if desired.
- Add contents of Midwest Weekend Cincinnati Style Chili Mix. Stir in additions and bring to a simmer.
- Add contents of chocolate packet and cook on low heat, covered, for 35 minutes.
- Remove bay leaf and serve.
New Nutrition Tips:
- To boost vegetables, add 2 cups chopped, mixed red and green peppers and 1 cup chopped, fresh or frozen carrots when browning the meat.
- To go Vegetarian, dice up one zucchini, one red pepper, one onion, and 8 oz. mushrooms to replace the ground beef, or substitute 16 ounces extra firm tofu (drained and crumbled) for ground beef.
- To give a Mediterranean twist, top each serving with 1 tablespoon unsalted cashews.
- To boost whole grains in the Inventive Variations suggestions on the package and website, serve Cincinnati-style in a bowl with whole wheat spaghetti and sprinkle with just a little bit of grated cheese, or serve chili barbecue beef-style in a soft whole grain bun sandwich, or make a Mexican mole sauce by leaving out the meat. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve as a sauce over chicken breasts with brown or wild rice.
- To cut saturated fat, prepare with 1 pound extra lean ground beef, bison, or turkey, or go Vegetarian.
- To cut sodium, prepare with no salt added tomato sauce.
- To cut added sugar and sodium, halve the amount of barbecue sauce. To further cut added sugar, prepare with 1 teaspoon brown sugar instead of 1 tablespoon.
Serve up this crowd-pleasing chili three ways: Cincinnati-style in a bowl with spaghetti and topped with grated cheese, or barbecue beef-style in a soft bun sandwich, or make a Mexican mole sauce by leaving out the meat above. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Serve as a sauce over chicken breasts with rice.