Junior's Chili Recipe?

I am looking for a recipe for chili like the kind Junior's puts on its burgers and fries.

GK from Winnipeg, Canada


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By Annie (Guest Post)
September 21, 20060 found this helpful

I'm a Winnipegger living in California and Junior's is one of the places I miss the most ! Hope someone out there has that recipe !!!

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February 21, 20070 found this helpful

Good luck, folks... I'm down in the US Southland and have never heard of Junior's, but if I could taste it I could probably come close to duplicating it. What can you identify in it? Is it sweet, hot and spicy, is there a hint of vinegar? Heavy on tomato or mustard? Is the meat all beef, or does it seem to contain pork or chicken or something? There's a guy near my town who makes hotdog chili without meat using potatoes, and a lot of folks like it (I was not impressed, but then I make the best hotdog chili on the planet).

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April 11, 20091 found this helpful

Junior's chili

30 ml (2 tbsp) olive oil
2 yellow onions, finely minced
4 garlic cloves, minced


1 kg (2 lbs) lean ground beef
30 ml (2 tbsp) chili powder
15 ml (1 tbsp) ground cumin
15 ml (1 tbsp) dried oregano leaves
10 ml (2 tsp) unsweetened cocoa powder
10 ml (2 tsp) salt
5 ml (1 tsp) celery seeds
5 ml (1 tsp) turmeric
5 ml (1 tsp) cinnamon
2 ml (1/2 tsp) hot red pepper flakes
500 ml (2 cups) tomato juice
500 ml (2 cups) canned beef broth
60 ml (1/4 cup) cornmeal
Heat oil in Dutch oven set over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and saute until translucent, stirring occasionally, about 10 minutes.

Add ground beef and cook until brown, stirring frequently, about 8 minutes.

Combine chili powder with ground cumin, oregano, cocoa, salt, celery seeds, turmeric, cinnamon and hot red pepper flakes. Mix into ground beef and stir for 3 minutes. Add tomato juice and broth and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.

Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is reduced by 1/3, about 1 1/2 hours. Add cornmeal and stir for 2 minutes.


Can be prepared ahead. Cool slightly, then cover and freeze in airtight container up to 2 months or refrigerate up to 3 days. Warm over medium-low heat.

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June 8, 20190 found this helpful

This is the exact recipe a couple submitted many years ago on the internet and its a great rendition of the chili sauce. I make a batch and then BBQ homemade burgers. Its always a hit!

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November 13, 20190 found this helpful

Apparently, chili on burgers is a Winnipeg thing. So now that I'm in Alberta, I have to make my own. This is the 2nd time I've made this. There was too much cinnamon in the 1st batch so I reduced it by half. Turned out perfect! So happy you posted this! Thank you!

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March 28, 20200 found this helpful

I still live in Winnipeg and have enjoyed chili on burgers since the 1970's (Thunderbird Drive-Inn), the '80's (Junior's), and still today (George's and VJ's, and others), but there is still something missing in this recipe, not enough garlic breath after the meal and overall taste is mild considering the recent burgers eaten. Anyone else have some suggestions?

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