In large saucepan or Dutch oven, brown half the meat; pour off fat. Remove meat. Brown remaining meat; pour off all fat except 2 tablespoons. Add onion, garlic; cook and stir until tender. Add meat and remaining ingredients except flour, cornmeal and warm water. Mix well. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer covered 2 hours.
Stir together flour and cornmeal; add warm water. Mix well. Stir into chili mixture. Cook covered 20 minutes longer. Serve hot.
This chili has everything that I love in chili in it. Combo of meats, beer, chocolate, and of course, hot sauce. The coriander is a really unique touch and I think it really helps set this chili apart even further from regular old "boring" chili recipes.
Feb 9, 2013
Best Chili hands down! Everytime I make it, it gets rave reviews. The only thing I do different is that I add a can of (rinsed) kidney beans, because up here in Canada, chili lovers expect there to be beans in their chili! I've also served this in an edible bread 'bowl' ....YUM!!
Oct 10, 2012
I tried this recipe for a little kids' Halloween gathering this past weekend, and it was absolutely excellent. I didn't have everything, so I swapped out a little lovage for the coriander, some powdered cayenne for the paprika, and I did add a couple cans of beans. The cocoa and beer gave it a delicious, rich flavor. The kids loved it, the adults (who added some hot sauce as desired) loved it. I will definitely make this again.
Sep 15, 2012
This was the best chili I have ever tasted. After traveling the United States for the Marines, I tried it all...and this is it. Everyone I have served this to wanted to know what was in it and a copy of the recipe. I don't know about $20,000 but I give it an addaboy!!
Sep 18, 2011
I use this as a base for my chili..I personalize it with beans and tomatoes (and more sugar for my personal bowl). My husband and I both love it. Chili can be made a million different ways, even in my own house... I add the sugar and cheese on top, dh puts raw onions, sour cream, and cheese but this recipe is a great base for both of us.
Jan 10, 2011
This combination of ingredients cannot be bad. I too chose to try it because of the addition of cocoa. I've used that in chili before and really liked the difference it made. I scaled back just a little on everything because I used 1# beef and 1# turkey. I left out the beef and used water instead. I also added two cans of diced tomatoes and two cans of dark kidney beans. The negative comments are way, way off mark. Example: I've had great beer and less than great beer. That didn't necessarily make the less than great beer bad.
Jan 9, 2010
I just this morning wrote on my blog about people who have no business writing reviews. Chili is a very personal thing, we all like it different. I have several recipes that I use. The original Cincinatti Chili has no beans. I loved this because it has chocolate that really brings out the true chili flavors. If you want beans add them, don't talk about how bad it is if you're not willing to try something different. I have made this several times and always got rave reviews. Congratulations on your winning recipe.
Dec 15, 2009
I have used this recipe for years with our tailgates, etc. I love it. Most people hate beans in the chili so it works for me. You need to have garnishes for it and people will love it (cornbread, hot fresh sauteed jalepenos, shredded cheddar, tostitos scoop chips, sour cream). We LOVE it.
Oct 13, 2009
I made this recipe exactly as printed. It was horrible. However I rescued it by adding a cup ketchup, 4 oz tomatoe sauce, 2 T br sugar, 1 can dice tomatoes,2 teas salt, 1 1/2 Table basil and 1 tsp cilantro and 1 bay leaf. Then it was delicious.
Feb 21, 2008
The worst chili i ever made the 2 first reviews were right its taco bell meat sauce. Its so horrible i could not believe someone won with that chili. Thats how bad this was AND dont blame the cook , red flag when the recipe had no beans!!!!!!!!!!!
CDKitchen Note: Whether or not chili has beans in it is a regional thing. You'll see great debates over whether to add beans or not!