Trim and Healthy Cincinnati Chili (S)

Flavored with aromatic spices and a hint of chocolate, this chili is an unforgettable meal experience. Though not exactly like traditional “chili”, the deep and fragrant flavors will dance on your taste buds and help bring even the most skeptical members of your family over to the Trim and Healthy side. In true Cincinnati Chili fashion, this chili is served over noodles… but we have a twist – it’s served over Trim Healthy Noodles making this dish slimming to your waistline!

Servings: 6 to 8


– 3 cups water
– 2 cups beef broth
– 6 oz tomato paste (1-6 ounce can)
– 1 oz unsweetened baking chocolate (chopped or grated, or 3 Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa powder)
– 4 Tbsp chili powder (or to your personal taste)
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1.5 tsp garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
– 1.5 tsp onion powder (or granulated onion)
– 1 tsp cumin
– 1/4 tsp paprika
– 3/4 tsp allspice
– 1/4 tsp ground cloves
– 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (more or less or to your own personal taste)
– 1/4 tsp black pepper
– 1 tsp mineral salt
– 1 tsp THM Super Sweet Blend or 2 tsp of THM Gentle Sweet
– 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
– 1/2 tsp hot sauce
– 2 lbs lean ground beef, turkey, or venison (thawed)
– 1/8 tsp xanthan gum or Gluccie (optional, only use if mixture did not reduce & thicken)
– 3 (7 oz) packages Trim Healthy Noodles (see Recipe Note below)
– Coconut oil spray


– Sharp or Mild Cheddar Cheese (grated)
– Onions (diced; yellow or white)


1. Place the beef broth and water into a large pot or Dutch Oven.

2. Next add the tomato paste and chocolate and heat over medium heat while stirring to combine those ingredients. I use a hand whisk to blend well.

3. Add all remaining ingredients except for the meat into the pot and mix well.

4. Add the raw, ground meat to the pot. Use a potato masher or a heavy wooden spoon to chop the ground meat into fine crumbles as it cooks.

5. Turn the heat up to high and bring to a quick fast boil. Allow the mixture to boil for 1 minute.

6. Immediately turn the heat down to medium low.

7. Cook, uncovered, for 60 to 90 minutes, at a gentle low boil or a low simmer. It will start to reduce and thicken during this cook time. Stir occasionally to make sure it is not sticking to pan, if it is turn the heat down. Once thickened, remove from heat. If mixture did not thicken at the end of this cook time, you can turn the heat up slightly and simmer for another 20 minutes or sprinkle the xanthan gum or Gluccie into the pot, mix well and remove from heat.

8. Spoon the chili over prepared Trim Healthy Noodles.

9. Top your Trim and Healthy Cincinnati Chili with grated sharp or mild cheddar cheese (leave out if dairy-free). Garnish with the optional diced onions, if desired.

Instructions for Trim Healthy Noodles:

1. Rinse and drain the noodles well.

2. Place in a skillet that’s been sprayed with coconut oil. Sprinkle with a little Mineral Salt and black pepper and toss to heat for just 2 – 3 minutes.

*Recipe Notes:

In this Trim Healthy Cincinnati Chili, we’ve included the most basic of spices used in a traditional Cincinnati Chili. For an even fuller and more aromatic experience, add the following:
– 1/2 tsp ground coriander
– 1/4 tsp ground cardamom
– 1/2 tsp turmeric

Concerning Trim Healthy Noodles:

For a full recipe of 6 servings, use 3 of the 7-ounce individual packages. You’ll want a half package per person. Or, you can use a full package for yourself for a larger serving. Feel free to use different noodles for others in your family that do not need to lose weight.

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