Cincinnati Chili

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Linda P

By
@momtooo

Cincinnati is known for chili. It's different chili than from other parts of the country.

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This is not your typical Tex Mex chili. They do it differently in Ohio and this is pretty authentic Cincinnati chili. Adding cocoa, allspice, and cinnamon to typical chili spices sets this apart. It looks like your typical chili with meat and big chunks of onion, but after one bite you know the difference. At first, you taste the chili and cumin. As the chili lingers in your mouth, there's a hint of chocolate and cinnamon. Serve over spaghetti and choose your favorite way to enjoy this hearty chili. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 3 votes

Comments:
Serves:
6 to 8
Prep:
10 Min
Cook:
1 Hr 30 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1
    large onion chopped
  • 1 lb
    extra-lean ground beef
  • 1
    clove garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp
    red (cayenne) pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
    teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa or 1/2 ounce grated unsweetened chocolate
  • 1 can(s)
    tomato sauce, (15 oz)
  • 1 Tbsp
    Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 1/2 c
    water
  • 1 pkg
    uncooked dried spaghetti pasta (16 oz)

How to Make Cincinnati Chili

Step-by-Step

  1. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, sauté onion, ground beef, garlic, and chili powder until ground beef is slightly cooked.
  2. Add allspice, cinnamon, cumin, cayenne pepper, salt, unsweetened cocoa or chocolate.
  3. Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, and water.
  4. Reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Toppings (how Cincinnati eats chili):
    2-Way = spaghetti w/chili
  7. 3-Way = spaghetti, chili, shredded cheddar cheese on top
  8. 4-Way = spaghetti, chili, onions or red kidney beans, shredded cheddar cheese on top
  9. 5-way = spaghetti, chili, onions, red kidney beans, shredded cheddar cheese on top

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About Cincinnati Chili

Course/Dish: Beef Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Collections: The Great Tailgate! Chili
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #spaghetti #chili



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