Wednesday, February 07, 2007

So I don't lose it AGAIN, here is the Cincinnati Chili that we'll be having tonight and is oh so good. Note that its served over buttered spaghetti noodles. Its what makes Cincinnati Chili so unique.


2 teaspoons Table salt or more
1 1/2 pounds Ground beef chuck
2 tablespoons Vegetable oil
2 Medium onions , chopped fine (about 2 cups)
2 Medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
2 tablespoons Chili powder
2 teaspoons Dried oregano
2 teaspoons Cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons Ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon Ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon Ground black pepper
2 cups Low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups Water
2 tablespoons Cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Dark brown sugar
2 cups Tomato sauce

Hot pepper sauce

Cheddar cheese

Kidney beans


1. FOR THE CHILI: Bring 2 quarts of water and 1 teaspoon of the salt to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the ground chuck, stirring vigorously to separate the meat into individual strands. As soon as the foam from the meat rises to the top (this takes about 30 seconds) and before the water returns to a boil, drain the meat into a strainer and set it aside.

2. Rinse and dry the empty saucepan. Set the pan over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is warm, add the onions and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and browned around the edges, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the chili powder, oregano, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne, allspice, black pepper, and the remaining 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring constantly, until the spices are fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in the broth, water, vinegar, sugar, and tomato sauce, scraping the pan bottom to remove any browned bits.

3. Add the blanched ground beef and increase the heat to high. As soon as the liquid boils, reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chili is deep red and has thickened slightly, about 1 hour. Adjust the seasonings, adding salt and hot pepper sauce to taste. (The chili can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat before serving.)

4. TO SERVE: Divide the buttered spaghetti among individual bowls. Spoon the chili over the spaghetti and top with the cheese, beans, and onion. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Use simple/plain tomato sauce.

1 comment:

Michelle said...

You know, if you write a cookbook, I'd get you published. I'm just saying.

My fee is 35% of profits. But seriously. 20%. :-)