Chili IV Recipe -
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Chili IV

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"My mother was given this recipe by a friend years ago. I've made it for many occasions...perfect for Super Bowl parties (Go Rams!) or taking to work. I have yet to prepare it without getting multiple requests for the recipe. It's a great recipe to freeze or make ahead -- it tastes great the second day!"

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
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    45 mins

    45 mins


  1. In a deep skillet or large saucepan, cook beef with oil and salt over medium heat until brown.
  2. Meanwhile, puree French onion soup in a blender until smooth.
  3. Drain meat. Stir pureed soup into meat, reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in chili powder, cumin, pepper, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and beans until well combined. Stir in cocoa and cola. Heat through and serve.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 06, 2003

I thought this was really good chili. It's sweet, and mild, which is what I like. This tastes very similar to my mom's chili recipe. I added 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and scaled the amount of meat way back, I used only a half pound of ground chuck, and thought that was plenty. I will make this again. It was simple enough and tasty enough.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 29, 2002

Yuk! I was disappointed in this recipe. It was bland, bland, bland. I added sooo much more chili powder and cumin. Heck I even added some brown sugar. It just was not what I was expecting.


14 Ratings

Mar 10, 2008

I made this last week and Hubby & I both love it. The only thing I changed was I added 2 cans of crush tomatoes, 28oz cans. We just can't eat as spicy of foods as we used to.. It is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing. Jazzie..

Feb 18, 2003

I thought this wonderful, and My husband loved it too!! I didn't have any french onion soup, and the weather was too nasty to go out, so I chopped an onion, and used beef broth instead. Also add a can of tomatoes. We will sure have this again!!

Jan 11, 2010

this is great chili.. its the same recipe as the steak and shake chili ( ive made it a million times ) my kids love it. its great with cornbread or just serve with oyster crackers with it

Nov 18, 2010

This is a great recipe to have if you're looking for something slightly different than your original chili. It tastes great! I always turn to this recipe now!

Sep 29, 2003

Fantastic chili! It's fast and easy and ready once it's heated up. I made it twice last week with cornbread. I used a little more chili powder and cocoa than the recipe calls for the second time around. Letting it simmer for an hour improves the flavor even more, and I found that it actually tasted better the second day heated up in the microwave.

Aug 29, 2002

I used deer meat in this recipe instead of beef. It was delicious! And very easy to make. The most appealing ingredient of this recipe is the liquified onion soup, it added a awesome flavor.


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  • Calories
  • 348 kcal
  • 17%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 29.4 g
  • 9%
  • Cholesterol
  • 54 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 16.4 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 8.6 g
  • 34%
  • Protein
  • 22.2 g
  • 44%
  • Sodium
  • 1069 mg
  • 43%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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