Eisenhower Mexican Chile Con Carne

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 10m
Ready In

Recipe: #37951

December 24, 2021

"They added ground beef at end I'm not They used a #2 can of tomatoes I put that amount.the bakers chocolate changed amount use more square. Can add more beans if you like"

Original is 6 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (350.7 g)
  • Calories 523.3
  • Total Fat - 16.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 5.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 69.6 mg
  • Sodium - 783.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 55.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 21 g
  • Sugars - 8.7 g
  • Protein - 39.2 g
  • Calcium - 150.1 mg
  • Iron - 9.3 mg
  • Vitamin C - 20.6 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.5 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Heat shortening

Step 2

Add onions

Step 3

Cook until opaque

Step 4

Add ground beef

Step 5


Step 6

Add garlic

Step 7

Add seasonings

Step 8

Add flour

Step 9

Cook dont burn

Step 10

Add tomatoes and water

Step 11

Simmer for an hour

Step 12

Add salt sugar and chocolate

Step 13

Add beans ,(they added just at end)

Step 14

Simmer an hour adding water as needed


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • When selecting the ground beef, choose a leaner cut for a healthier dish.
  • When selecting the tomatoes, choose a variety with a lower acidity for a milder flavor.

  • Substitute black beans for kidney beans: Black beans are higher in fiber and protein than kidney beans, and they have a slightly nutty flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients in this recipe. This substitution will make the dish healthier and more flavorful.
  • Substitute olive oil for shortening: Olive oil is a healthier alternative to shortening, and it has a mild flavor that won't overpower the other ingredients. This substitution will make the dish healthier without compromising the flavor of the dish.

Vegetarian Version Replace the ground beef with 1 1/2 cups of diced mushrooms. Use vegetable broth instead of water. Omit the chocolate and replace the kidney beans with 1 cup of cooked black beans.

Mexican Rice: Mexican Rice is a great accompaniment to Eisenhower Mexican Chile Con Carne. It is a simple yet flavorful side dish that is sure to compliment the rich flavors of the chili con carne. It is also a great way to add more nutrition to the meal, as it is packed with protein and fiber.

Spicy Refried Beans: Spicy Refried Beans are a great side dish to serve with Eisenhower Mexican Chile Con Carne. They provide a delicious and spicy flavor to the meal, and also add a good source of protein and fiber. The beans can be cooked in a skillet with onions, garlic, jalapenos, and spices for a flavorful and filling side dish.


Q: How long should I simmer the chili?

A: Simmer the chili for an hour, then add the salt, sugar, and chocolate. Simmer for another hour, adding water as needed.

Q: What other ingredients can I add to my chili?

A: You can add a variety of vegetables such as onions, bell peppers, and garlic. You can also add beans, different types of spices, and diced tomatoes.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact 1: This recipe was named after the 34th President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower, who was known for his love of Mexican food.

Fun Fact 2: During World War II, this chili con carne recipe was served to the Allied forces as part of their rations. It was a favorite among the troops and was even served at the White House during Eisenhower's presidency.