There are two kinds of people in this world – Gold Star Chili people and Skyline Chili people. Actually, I guess there three – Gold Star people, Skyline people and people who have know idea what Cincinnati chili is. This combination of flavors is hard to describe and it’s nothing like “regular chili” – it’s sweeter and the texture is smooth. Just give this one a try.
What you need:
- 3 cups cold water
- 2 pounds ground beef
- 1 large onion, very finely chopped
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 2 oz unsweetened baking chocolate
- 4 TBSP chili powder
- 1 1/2 tsp ground allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 6oz can tomato paste
- 2 TBSP red wine vinegar
Toppings: sever with spaghetti noodles, shredded cheddar cheese and dice onions.
What to do:
In large pot, place water and ground beef. Use your hand to vigorously stir, making sure to break up the meat and mix until it’s a smooth and uniform mixture (granted this part is a bit gross…I use a food-safe disposable glove). The mixture will be very thick, but don’t add any extra water.
Finely chop the onion and and add it plus all other ingredients to the meat/water mixture. Bring to boil, cover and reduce to a hard simmer. Mix well every 15 minutes. Cook for 1 hour 40 minutes, remove cover and cook the last 20 minutes with no lid – you have 2 hours of total cooking time.
Serve over spaghetti noodles and top with shredded mild cheddar and dice onions. Trust me, this recipe is worth the effort!