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Jilly-from-philly Inspired Chili

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Jilly-From-Philly Inspired Chili
2011-02-10 Main Dish
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This no-bean chili uses Italian sausage and beef cubes, plus peppers, spices, tomato paste and puree, and root beer. It's served with a creamy mixture and soft pretzels.

  • Servings: 4


1 lb Ground "hot" Italian Sausage
1½ lbs Cubed Beef Rib Roast or Steak
2 Large Garlic Cloves, minced
½ Medium Yellow Onion, chopped
½ cup Hot Cherry Peppers, diced
1 Medium Green Bell Pepper, chopped
½ Small Jalapeno Pepper, diced
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
½ Tbsp Dry Oregano
1½ Tbsp Cumin
¼ tsp Cayenne Pepper
2½ Tbsp Dehydrated Onion Flakes
½ Tbsp Paprika
1 Tbsp Salt, or to taste
½ tsp Onion Powder
3 oz (1/3 Cup) Tomato Paste
1× 28-oz can Tomato Puree
2½ cups Beef Broth
6 oz Hanks Root Beer
2 Scallions, chopped for garnish
Whiz Cream:
¼ cup Cheese Whiz Cheese Spread
¼ cup Sour Cream
Philly Breadstick Pretzels:
1 tsp Chili Powder
½ tsp Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp Cinnamon-sugar
1 can Prepared Breadstick Dough


On medium heat, brown the sausage, remove from pot and set aside. In the same pot, brown beef cubes, remove and set aside with sausage. In the same pot, saute onions, garlic and all 3 peppers until softened, about 10 minutes.

Stir in all the dry spices until combined well. Add tomato paste and mix well. Add puree, beef broth and root beer, then stir well. Stir the pot to make sure all of the ingredients are completely combined. Lower heat to low, and simmer for 2 hours.

Whiz Cream:

Combine ingredients and serve on the side with the chili.

Philly Breadstick Pretzels:

Combine all spices. Shape each breadstick into a pretzel shape and sprinkle with the spice blend. Bake per package instructions. Serve with chili.

Helpful Tips:

I created this recipe to reflect several of the very iconic food items almost always associated with the city of Philadelphia. I am very proud to say that it is the city in which I was born and raised. The combination of these flavors results in a chili that is tangy, spicy, and incredibly tasty. Garnish with scallions. A dollop of the "whiz cream" provides the coolness one may desire to offset the zip and heat of the chili itself. The Philly breadstick is a great accompaniment to the dish as well.