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A New Twist on Cincinnati Chili

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My family and I love pasta, but sadly it isn’t always a healthy choice for dinners.  Lately we have been trying to cut back on the amount of refined carbs we eat, and one great way to do that is to replace pasta with “noodles” made from a healthy vegetable like squash.  I recently made the replacement in one of my favorite pasta dishes, the classic Cincinnati Chili.

Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles

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It tasted pretty good with zucchini noodles, and then I didn’t feel guilty about adding a decent amount of cheese on top! To make the noodles I used the Veggetti, a new kitchen tool I was recently asked to review.  This is a simple little device that is designed to quickly turn vegetables into healthy spaghetti.


To use the Veggetti you simply hold a vegetable and twist it so that long strands are created.  You can made either thick or thin strands, and it comes with a handy gripper which holds the vegetable as it gets close to the end so your fingers don’t get near the stainless steel cutting blades.

Using the Veggetti

It is quick to use, and perfect for anyone who is trying to reduce gluten in their diet, or just lose weight by cutting carbs and calories!

Zucchini Noodles

To make the Cincinnati Chili I used my favorite recipe for Cincinnati Chili and simply sliced up a zucchini for the noodles.  I sauteed the noodles in cooking spray for about 5 minutes before serving, although some people prefer to eat them raw.

Yield: 4

Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles

Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcester sauce
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 can tomatoes with chipotle chilies
  • 1 large zucchini
  • shredded cheddar cheese


  1. Brown the beef and drain off any extra fat.
  2. Then add the garlic, onion and green pepper and cook for a few minutes to soften.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, chili powder, Worchester sauce and cinnamon and stir to mix.
  4. Mix in the tomatoes, cover and cook on low for at at least 30 minutes. Longer is fine too though, I usually let it cook for an hour if I have time. You could add water, but I like my chili thick, so I don't.
  5. A few minutes before you are ready to serve dinner shred the zucchini into long strands.
  6. Saute the strands for 5 minutes in a frying pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  7. Serve the chili over the zucchini with lots of cheddar cheese.


Nutrition facts are estimates.

Nutrition Information:



Amount Per Serving: Calories: 360Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 292mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 4gSugar: 8gProtein: 22g

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Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles

By on July 29th, 2014

90 thoughts on “A New Twist on Cincinnati Chili”

  1. I would try my cheesy spaghetti with meat sauce I have almost given up on having spaghetti since I’m trying to decrease calories and this would be a welcome addition to my kitchen.

  2. Actually I am not a fan of zucchini, but I love eggplant, so I would make some eggplant noodles and just top them with my marinara. Yum!

  3. I have never even heard of this cooking tool! I would love to try the Cincinnati Chili with Zucchini Noodles!! I love zucchini and this would be really cool!

  4. I would try pasta primavera!

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  5. Sometimes I make a pasta dish with bacon/sausage, onions, herbs, and parmesan cheese. I think these noodles would go great with this dish.

  6. 5 stars
    I love the new twist to the Cincinnati Chili which we just love! It really looks delicious and I will have to give it a try. Thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
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    Miz Helen

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  8. I can’t wait for the temp to cool down so I can make chili. The chipotle and cocoa in yours has my attention!

    My husband is trying to eat low carb–zucchini noodles would be a fantastic sub for pasta!
    Thank you for sharing!

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