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Bite it! HG's Cin-sational Cincinnati Chili
HG's Cin-sational Cincinnati Chili

We've Got Chilis, They're Multiplyin'...

Let's welcome the newest addition to the HG chili lineup... Everybody, sing! I come from C-I-N-C-I-N-N-A-T-I, Cincinnati! The best town in O-H-I-O, Ohio, USA! (Anyone? Babes in Toyland, circa 1986? Never mind...) Let's all party, Midwest-style: with spiced-up, cocoa-infused chili and noodles!

Ingredients:
1 lb. raw extra-lean ground beef (4% fat or less)
2 cups chopped onion (about 1 large onion)
One 15-oz. can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
One 14.5-oz. can crushed tomatoes
One 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes (not drained)
One 6-oz. can tomato paste
1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. chopped garlic
1 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 bay leaf
4 bags House Foods Tofu Shirataki Spaghetti Shaped Noodle Substitute (or HG Alternatives)
1 1/2 cups shredded fat-free cheddar cheese

Directions:
Bring a large pot sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat on the stove. Add beef and onion. Stirring often, cook until beef is fully cooked and crumbled and onion has softened, 7 - 8 minutes.

If needed, carefully drain any excess liquid. Add all remaining ingredients except shirataki noodles and cheese to the pot. Add 1/2 cup water, mix thoroughly, and bring to a boil.

Reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for 20 minutes, or until thickened to your desired consistency.

Meanwhile, use a strainer to rinse and drain noodles well. Pat dry. In a large microwave-safe bowl, microwave for 2 1/2 minutes. Drain excess liquid. Dry as thoroughly as possible, using paper towels. Cut noodles up a bit, using kitchen shears if you've got 'em. Set aside.

Remove chili from heat. Remove and discard bay leaf. Mix well.

If needed, microwave noodles for an extra minute, or until hot. Evenly divide noodles among 6 bowls and top with chili (about 2/3 cup noodles and 1 heaping cup chili per bowl). Top each serving with 1/4 cup shredded cheese, and dig in!

MAKES 6 SERVINGS

Serving Size: 1/6th of recipe (about 2 cups)
Calories: 318
Fat: 4.5g
Sodium: 894mg
Carbs: 35.5g
Fiber: 11g
Sugars: 11g
Protein: 34g

PointsPlus® value 7*

HG Alternative! Wanna make and enjoy just the chili, minus the noodles 'n cheese? Go for it! A serving of the chili by itself (about 1 cup) has 253 calories, 4g fat, 599mg sodium, 31.5g carbs, 9g fiber, 10.5g sugars, and 24g protein (PointsPlus® value 6*). Three cheers for THAT!

Another HG Alternative! If made with 8 oz. uncooked whole-wheat-blend spaghetti (cooked per package instructions) instead of Tofu Shirataki noodles, each serving will have 434 calories, 5.5g fat, 887mg sodium, 61g carbs, 13g fiber, 11.5g sugars, and 38g protein (PointsPlus® value 10*).

Fight it! Skyline Chili's 3-Way Chili Spaghetti
Skyline Chili's 3-Way Chili Spaghetti

WHOA-hio!

If you're lookin' to chew the signature dish of Cincinnati, you need a bowl of chili, cooked in the local style, served over spaghetti, and topped with cheese. What sets this chili apart is the mix of unconventional spices in the brew -- way beyond the classic Tex-Mex variety! But the problem with soaking up this kind of local flavor comes in the form of fatty beef in the chili, the pile of starchy noodles underneath, and the way-too-huge heap of shredded cheese on top. So we're gettin' all HG on you (this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, BTW) with this Ohio classic, giving it a few tweaks here and there without messing with the essence. Some extra-lean beef, our beloved Tofu Shirataki noodles, and a more rational portion of (fat-free) cheddar on top. It's like injecting some of HG Land into the Midwestern favorite... Yay, fusion!

Serving Size: 1 regular order
Calories: 760
Fat: 44g
Sodium: 1,646mg
Carbs: 43g
Fiber: 3g
Sugars: 4g
Protein: 46g

PointsPlus® value 20*

This chili came all the way from Cincinnati! (OK, maybe not really.) Click "Send to a Friend" to keep it moving along...

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