Okay, I realize that this, my first submission to Sunday Supper, is a bit of a cheat. I’ve published this recipe before, nearly four years ago. The flavor was excellent, the writing was fine and the photos were…dark and dreary. And just kind of terrible, in general.
But this Cincinnati chili is such a staple, it seems a shame to let it languish in the terribly-photographed-and-therefore-never-mentioned-again depths of my archives. This recipe is my fall-back. When I am craving chili, I make Cincinnati chili. When I don’t know what to make for dinner, I make Cincinnati chili. When I don’t feel like cooking and have very little food in the house, I make Cincinnati chili; we almost always have the ingredients on hand.
Oftentimes, we stick with just the three- or four-way version. The beans take a little extra effort and planning ahead, since we rarely have canned beans in the pantry, only their dried counterparts. Which is a bit sad, because the five-way Cincinnati chili is stellar.
Not sure what I’m talking about with the three-, four- and five-way stuff? Let me explain: Cincinnati chili, or at least Cincinnati chili a la Skyline Chili, is served over spaghetti, topped with cheese. That’s a three-way chili. A four-way adds onions or beans. A five-way adds both. Let’s get to it!
(And if you like it, can I ask you to vote for my chili in the Sunday Supper Chili Cook-Off?)
Traditionally, Cincinnati chili is served over spaghetti and topped with cheddar cheese (also called a three-way Cincinnati chili). For a four-way, add onions or kidney beans. For a five-way, add both.
- 4 cups water
- 1 pound ground beef
- 6 ounces tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 scant teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 - 12 teaspoon dried pepper flakes
- Cooked spaghetti
- Cheddar cheese, shredded
- Diced white onion (optional)
- Cooked kidney beans, rinsed and drained (optional)
- Combine all the ingredients in a large stockpot, and use a wooden spoon to break up the ground beef.
- Cover the pot and cook over medium-high heat, bringing the chili to a boil. Uncover, and reduce the heat to medium so that the chili is just simmering. Cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up the ground beef further with your wooden spoon, until it is the consistency of a thin meat pasta sauce. This should take 45 minutes to an hour.
- Drop some spaghetti into a bowl, and top with the chili. Sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top.
- For a four-way, add some diced onions or kidney beans. For a five-way, add both!
- If you are using onions to top your chili, soak the chopped onions in water for 10 minutes first, then drain.This will cut back on some of the tear-inducing onion bite.
Will YOU be a part of the #SundaySupper Chili Cook-Off judges panel this week? Voting is live at the Sunday Supper Movement Online Community Magazine starting now and concluding (fittingly) on February 27 – National Chili Day! Browse the submissions and cast your vote by clicking HERE!
Beef and Bison Chili
- Bison & Black Bean Chili from It’s Yummi!
- Cincinnati Chili from Savvy Eats
- Easy Beef Bean Chili from The Not So Cheesy Kitchen
- Easy Chili con Carne from Manu’s Menu
- Gesundheit Chili from Magnolia Days
- Hellfire Chili from Yours And Mine Are Ours
- Hoisin Beef Chili from Small Wallet, Big Appetite
- Moroccan Harissa Spiked Chili from MarocMama
- Short Rib Chili from The Texan New Yorker
- Slow Cooker Cheeseburger Chili from Hip Foodie Mom
Chicken, Duck, and Turkey Chili
- Asian Five Spice Duck Chili from The Girl In The Little Red Kitchen
- Buffalo Turkey Chili from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Chicken and Bell Pepper Chili from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chicken Meatball Chipotle Chili from Soni’s Food
- Gluten Free Turkey Chili from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Kickin’ Chicken Chili from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Low Calorie Turkey Chili from Basic N Delicious
- Olé Mole Turkey Chili from Kudos Kitchen By Renee
- Quick & Easy Chipotle Turkey Chili from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Shockingly Delicious Chili Mole with Red Beans and Raisins from Shockingly Delicious
- Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Chili from Family Foodie
- Thai Chicken Chili from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- White Chicken Chili from The Foodie Army Wife
Mixed (meat combo) Chili
- Best Damn Chili Ever from Noshing With The Nolands
- Chili con Tres Carne from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Daddy’s Favorite Chili from Momma’s Meals
- Harlem Meatloaf Chili from Neighborfood
- Leslie’s Best Chili from La Cocina de Leslie
Fish and Seafood Chili
- Scrumptious Seafood Chili from A Kitchen Hoor
- Easy Vegetarian Chili with Raisins and Cashews from Delaware Girl Eats
- New Orleans Style Vegetarian Chili from Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Vegan Slow Cooker Chili from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Chicken Chili Cheese Fries from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Chili Cornbread Cupcakes from In The Kitchen With KP
- Chili Topped Tater Tots from Ruffles & Truffles
- Spicy Chili Mac from girlichef
Best Wines To Pair with Chili #SundaySupper from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog
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