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Chili, Cincinnati style

Cincinnati style means served over spaghetti.
Don't think of this as chili or spaghetti, but Cincinnatians love it!!

Serves: 6-8

2 pounds ground beef
1 quart water
Add ground beef to water and stir until beef separates to a fine texture. Boil slowly 30 minutes.

2 medium onions, finely grated
16 ounces tomato sauce
5 whole allspice
1/2 tsp red pepper (cayenne)
1 tsp ground cumin
4 Tbl chili powder
1/2 ounce bitter chocolate
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbl vinegar
1 large bay leaf
5 whole cloves
2 tsp Worcestershire
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
Add remaining ingredients. Stir to blend, bringing to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 3 hours.

When desired consistency is achieved, cover and remove from heat.

Chili should be refrigerated in order to remove the fat before reheating.

Serve in traditional Greek style:

  • two-way: serve chili on a bed of cooked, hot spaghetti.
  • three way: top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  • four way: before topping with cheese, add heated red beans OR grated onions
  • five way: before topping with cheese, add heated red beans AND grated onions

Cincinnati veterans also add red hot sauce before eating with oyster crackers to soak up the juices.

Gregg Ridder


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