By Drew Olson Special to Published Oct 16, 2008 at 7:50 AM

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In anticipation of this installment of the "Daily Dish," I rummaged through the family archives in search of a killer turkey spinach meatloaf recipe when I stumbled upon a printout I've had for several years.

I don't remember where, when or how I acquired it. I just remember a feeling that I had stumbled onto something secret and magical.

The top line of the printout says it all:


Real Chili has been a Milwaukee institution (and Marquette University dietary staple) for more than 75 years.

I don't know if these are legitimate or not. A quick Google search reveals that they are readily available. I've never tried to make either one, but I may give on a shot this weekend -- after I head over to the Wells Street location for a "Marquette Special."

In any event, I will pass these along and save the turkey spinach meatloaf for another day:

The "Marquette Special"

* 2 lbs hamburger browned
* 1 oz. unsweetened Baker's chocolate
* 3 tbsp. chili powder
* 1 tbsp. garlic powder
* 1 tbsp. cumin seeds
* 1/2 tbsp. paprika
* 3-4 chili peppers
* 1 tsp. white pepper
* salt
* pepper
* 2 cups water
* 1 tsp red pepper
* 1 onion

Simmer two hours. Serve over spaghetti noodles and beans. Top with onions, shredded cheddar cheese (from Wisconsin of course) and oyster crackers.

Real Chili No. 2

* 1 tablespoon oil
* ½ cup chopped onions
* 1 pound ground beef
* 1 pound ground sirloin
* ¼ cup chili powder
* ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon cumin
* ½ teaspoon nutmeg
* ¼ teaspoon allspice
* ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
* 1 bay leaf
* 1 1-ounce block unsweetened baking chocolate
* 2 14-ounce cans beef broth
* 1 small can tomato sauce
* 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Heat the oil in a large pan and cook onions until tender. Add the meat and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. When meat is browned, add spices, chocolate, broth, tomato sauce and vinegar, stirring to mix well. Bring to a boil, then turn heat to low and simmer uncovered for 1½ hours. It should start to thicken. It is best if refrigerated overnight and reheated the following day.

Serve with options:
· cooked spaghetti
· warmed light kidney beans
· chopped white onions
· shredded cheddar cheese
· sour cream



Drew Olson Special to

Host of “The Drew Olson Show,” which airs 1-3 p.m. weekdays on The Big 902. Sidekick on “The Mike Heller Show,” airing weekdays on The Big 920 and a statewide network including stations in Madison, Appleton and Wausau. Co-author of Bill Schroeder’s “If These Walls Could Talk: Milwaukee Brewers” on Triumph Books. Co-host of “Big 12 Sports Saturday,” which airs Saturdays during football season on WISN-12. Former senior editor at Former reporter at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.