Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili

Raven Higheagle


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 toppings.


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Serves 8
25 Min
30 Min
Stove Top


  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 large
    onion, chopped
  • 1 large
    red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 can(s)
    (14-1/2 ounces) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 c
    root beer
  • 4 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 4 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 4 Tbsp
    minced chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 2
    beef bouillon cubes
  • ·
    hot cooked spaghetti
  • ·
    crushed tortilla chips, for topping
  • ·
    chopped green onions, for topping
  • ·
    shredded cheddar cheese, for topping
  • ·
    parmesan cheese, for topping

How to Make Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili


  1. In a large saucepan, cook the beef, onions and red pepper over medium heat until meat is no longer pink.
  2. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain.
  3. Add the tomatoes, root beer, chili powder, tomato paste, chipotle peppers, cumin and bouillon. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
  5. Meanwhile cook spaghetti to package directions.
  6. Serve with spaghetti.
  7. Garnish with chips, green onions and cheeses.

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About Rootin'-Tootin' Cincinnati Chili

Course/Dish: Beef, Pasta, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, For Kids, Healthy

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