September 26, 2008

Cincinnati Chili

Even though Monday was the first day of fall, weather here is in the mid-80s. And, that's just not right. In an effort to seduce the autumn gods, I made some Cincinnati chili for dinner earlier this week.

Cincinnati chili is a mixture of ground beef, onions, garlic, tomato sauce, broth, seasonings, and spices...including chili powder, chipotle pepper, cumin, allspice, cinnamon, and unsweetened cocoa. It's simmered until thick and fragrant, then served over spaghetti with kidney beans, diced onion, and shredded cheese (that's called a "five-way").

I've actually eaten Cincinnati chili at Skyline, the chain most famous for this regional recipe. And, I have to say...and I don't mean to brag...this is so much better!


Cincinnati Chili
slightly adapted from The Kitchn
serves 2-4
1 pound ground beef
1 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons natural unsweetened cocoa
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 chipotle pepper in adobe, diced
1 teaspoon salt
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
15-ounces tomato sauce
1 cup chicken or beef broth
1/2 cup water
Heat a large, heavy frying pan with a tablespoon or so of olive oil over medium high heat and when hot add the beef, minced onion and garlic, and chili powder. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes. Cook for about eight minutes or until the meat is browned.
In a separate bowl combine the cocoa, cinnamon, allspice, cumin, and salt. Add to the meat and stir fry for another couple minutes until fragrant.
Add the bay leaves, chipotle pepper, Worcestershire, vinegar, tomato sauce, broth and water. Turn heat to low and simmer for an hour, or until thickened.
Serve over spaghetti with minced onion, hot kidney beans, and cheddar cheese.


Anonymous said...

I love chili. My friend was telling me about eating chili over spaghetti and I thought it rather odd. Although most people find my way of eating it rather weird...over rice with a dollop of mayo.

vanillasugarblog said...

I have been wanting to try chili with cocoa in it. Many friends have said it's worth it.
Thanks for sharing this, I might just try it.

Fiona said...

Sounds great! I've written it out to try. We had Cincinnati chili for the first time at a chili joint in DC, and now that we live in Lexington, we hear about it all the time.

So thank you for the recipe!

Maggie said...

I love Cincy chili but homemade is way better than the chains.

My father is such a huge fan I made him Cincy Chili cupcakes for his birthday.