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cincinnati chili

Recipe by
Beth Pierce
Ofallon, MO

Cincinnati Chili is a unique culinary experience combining ground beef, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, and chili powder with cocoa, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, brown sugar, and vinegar. The ending result of this unusual chili is a most enjoyable taste bud exploding experience. You really need to try this chili.

yield 8 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 2 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For cincinnati chili

  • 4 c
    low sodium beef broth
  • 2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 1 md
    onion finely chopped
  • 3 clove
    garlic minced
  • 1 can
    tomato sauce
  • 2/3 c
    kansas city style barbecue sauce
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp
    cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp
    ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbsp
    tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp
    light brown sugar
  • 8 oz
    spaghetti cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 c
    shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 c
    finely chopped red onion

How To Make cincinnati chili

  • 1
    Combine beef broth and beef in large heavy stock pot or Dutch oven uncovered. Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off scum and fat that floats to the top.
  • 2
    In small skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft adding garlic that last minute of cooking. Add cooked onion and garlic, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, chili powder, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cloves, allspice, cider vinegar, tomato paste and brown sugar. Simmer uncovered for 2-3 hours.
  • 3
    Serve over cooked spaghetti. Garnish with cheddar and onions.