I’ve only been to Ohio once. Back in the days before the Fruitaholic was born, a group of us used to do a baseball trip every summer, and one year it brought us to Cleveland and the Jake to see the Indians play. That was as close as I’ve ever gotten to Cincinnati.
When I received this copycat recipe for this week’s swap, I was excited to make it, but realized that I wouldn’t be able to compare it to the original. Enter our friends, PSquared: The Ohioans. After a quick phone call, they were ringing our doorbell in 4 minutes flat.
Cincinnati Chili can be served 5 ways, as follows:
- One Way: Chili only.
- Two Way: Spaghetti topped with Chili
- Three Way: Spaghetti, Chili and Finely Shredded Mild Cheddar
- Four Way: Spaghetti, Chili, Cheese and Red Kidney Beans OR Chopped Onions
- Five Way: Spaghetti, Chili, Cheese, Beans AND Onions
Cincinnati Chili is generally served with Oyster Crackers and generous amounts of hot sauce.
The Husby and I enjoyed ours Five Way while PSquared had theirs Four Way without the beans. Their verdict? This was pretty close to the original. Our verdict? Pretty damn tasty. In fact, I may have just had an omelette for breakfast with the leftovers.
Cincinnati Chili – as seen on Christine’s Kitchen Chronicles
- 3 Lbs. Lean Ground Beef, uncooked
- 2 Qts. Water
- 2 Onions, finely chopped
- 29 Oz. Can Tomato Sauce
- 1/2 tsp. Allspice
- 1/2 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
- 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
- 1/2 tsp. Ground Cumin
- 5 Tbsp. Chili Powder
- 2 Tbsp. White Vinegar
- 2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 3 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
- 1/2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. Salt
- 10 Drops Tabasco Sauce (I used 6 drops Habañero Tabasco)
In a large pot, whisk together ground beef, water and onions until the beef is broken up. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered, 2 to 3 hours until liquid has greatly reduced and chili is thick.
Serve it one of five ways as mentioned above.
This recipe makes a TON of chili. Luckily, the leftovers freeze incredibly well.