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Anyone else ever heard of this combination? Or is my friend's lovely spouse a lone lunatic or genius? She's from Pennsylvania, if that makes a difference.

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  1. That was my favorite hot lunch combo when I was in elementary school.

    Your friend's spouse is not a lunatic.

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    1. re: marthadumptruck

      Interesting! Where was this? Did they serve it that way, or did you make up the combination yourself?

      1. re: wombat

        It was in a small town in Nebraska, just north of Omaha.

        The cinnamon rolls and chili were served together, not a combo I made up.

        Good memories!

    2. oh geez, you meant chili as in the meaty stew?
      I thought you meant adding chilis to a cinnamon bun to pump up the spice, which actually sounded pretty good and not to crazy to me.

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      1. re: orangewasabi

        I agree -- chili peppers in cinnamon rolls might be good, but a couple of spoonfuls of Hormel's on top --- blech.

        Still, probably better than cheesecake with ketchup, which a friend of mine swears by...

      2. My question is: what kind of chili? I can see this combo working with Cincinnati style chili, which uses sweet spices anyway. Not so much with Texas style. But I guess I wouldn't know for sure unless I tried it.

        1. Since you ask, this is reportedly the recipe with which the rolls were to be eaten:

          Sautee in soup pot till tender:

          1 cup finely chopped onions
          2 cups fc celery
          2 cups fc green pepper
          4 cloves fc garlic

          Add and bring to boil

          2 1-lb cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
          2 1-lb cans kidney beans, rinsed/drained
          1 10-oz can Ro-tel diced tomatoes/green chilies
          1 cup water
          1 cup coarsely shredded carrots
          2 large potatoes coarsely shredded
          1 Tbs chili powder
          1 Tbs parsley flakes
          1-1/2 Tsp oregano
          1-1/2 Tsp basil
          1 Tsp cumin
          1 Tsp allspice
          Bay leaf
          salt

          Sounds like what I think of as normal American chili except maybe the allspice... What I thought was that maybe it would be OK if the cinnamon rolls weren't frosted, but apparently they are.

          1. This is so funny to me, because I am from Nebraska & this is so normal to us! We eat our chili & have a cinnamon roll on the side. It's the best!!! Just give a try...you'll be pleasantly surprised!

            1. My stepmother, from Kansas, served cinnamon rolls with chili. I still don't love them as a side, but the flavors do work as dessert after the chili. My secret chili ingredient is a dash of cinnamon.