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Midwest Weekend Cincinnati Chili

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

Recipe Directions:

  1. Crumble and brown ground meat in a 3 to 4-quart pot with 1 or 2 tablespoons oil, if desired.
  2. Add contents of Midwest Weekend Cincinnati Style Chili Mix. Stir in additions and bring to a simmer.
  3. Add contents of chocolate packet and cook on low heat, covered, for 35 minutes.
  4. 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.

Inventive Variation:

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.

Midwest Weekend Cincinnati Chili

Preparation Time:
45 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/8 Cup (20g)
Prepared Serving Size: About 1 Cup
Serving Per Container: About 8

Amount per Serving Mix Prepared
Calories 80 310
   Calories from Fat 20 90

% Daily Value**
Total Fat 2.5g* 4% 15%
   Saturated Fat 1g 5% 20%
   Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0% 25%
Sodium 35mg 1% 33%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4% 9%
   Dietary Fiber 5g 20% 24%
   Sugars 1g
Protein 4g

Vitamin A 8% 20%
Vitamin C 2% 15%
Calcium 6% 10%
Iron 8% 25%
*Amount in Mix.
**Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  Calories: 2,000 2,500

Total Fat Less than 65g 80g
 Saturated Fat Less than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate   300g 375g
 Dietary Fiber   25g 30g

Calories per gram: Fat 9 Carbohydrate 4 Protein 4