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Aunt Isabelle's Cincinnati Chili

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“Aunt Isabelle's original recipes are cryptic to say the least. All she did was list the ingredients, and she expected the user to intuit the method(s). I have successfully made this as a vegetarian dish by substituting TVP (textured vegetable protein) for the beef AND lamb, and also as a somewhat lower cholesterol dish by subsituting ground turkey for the beef AND/OR lamb.”
1hr 30mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat oil in large soup kettle.
  2. Add onions and garlic; saute till onions are tender.
  3. Add meat(s) and saute until browned.
  4. Add spices and saute for 2 minutes.
  5. Add tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, honey, salt & pepper.
  6. Reduce heat to low and simmer at least one hour, or until serving time (or transfer to slow cooker).
  7. Serve with any or all optional ingredients to achieve 1-, 2-, 3-, 4-, or 5-way Cincinnati Chili.

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