I wrote an article about Zillion’s Chili Seasoning Mix late last year. We started attending Old State Capitol Farmers Market in downtown Springfield Illinois and I wanted to feature some of the vendors. Zillion’s was one of the few vendors I actually got around to covering. Up until a few weeks ago we had never purchased their product.
The pictures above show some of the contents inside a Zillion’s Chili Bowl Chili Mild Seasoning Mix No Beans bag.
Instead of ground beef we substituted MorningStar Farms Meal Starters Grillers Recipe Crumbles ( basically fake meat Textured Vegetable Protein ). Were not really a vegetarian household. But we have reduced our meat intake over the past couple of years. I actually did an all vegetarian diet for a year several years ago. Other than the Grillers Recipe Crumbles texture I’d bet most people couldn’t tell the difference. With the Zillion’s Chili Seasoning Mix the Crumbles taste exactly like “real” chilli.
Even though this is the no bean version that is what I first thought I smelled when about to eat the food. My girlfriend swears this is just because I associate the smell of chilli with beans.
The version we purchased was mild. But to me this blend seems to still have a slight kick to it.
I’m not chilli mad like many people in Central Illinois. But from time to time I like a bowl. I could see us ordering more Zillion’s Chili Seasoning Mix. In the future I think we will just purchase the standalone mix instead of the all in one bag.
The peculiar spelling of chilli in Springfield originated with the founder of the Dew Chilli Parlor in 1909.
I’m currently marinating some Groh Farms ( Petersburg, IL ) organic ground pork with Zillion’s. Unfortunately Groh Farms website that is listed on the packaging doesn’t seem to be working. I don’t think the mix will sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours like Zillion’s suggest. Most likely it will get cooked later this evening.