Deliciously hearty, this Cincinnati Chili is a unique chili recipe served over spaghetti and topped with cheese, onions or beans or a combination of the 5!
So lot’s of people have their preference on chili. I for one love my Sweet Heat Chili. I love the mixture of the heat and the sweetness and how it pays together and so does my husband. This is our number one go to chili whenever the weather gets brisk and we need our comfort food.
WHAT IS CINCINNATI CHILI?
So Cincinnati Chili is a “chili” recipe that obviously originated out of Cincinnati. Now the chili part really messes people up on what it actually is. It’s not your normal type of chili recipe where you would just put it in a bowl and eat it, although I have debated this many times as we love this.
Cincinnati Chili is more or less a chili sauce similar to hot dog chili that is served over spaghetti noodles with various toppings. There is a well known place called Skyline Chili that is where it really originated from.
Like stated above, I have yet to eat it on it’s own and really wouldn’t be opposed to it. I’ve always either had it over spaghetti or served it over hot dogs (my kids fave way). Do people actually eat it as chili? I’m sure there are many many ways that people can enjoy this delectable dinner.
HOW DO YOU EAT CINCINNATI CHILI?
So you can have this Cincinnati Chili 5 different ways. You can have it chili…, chili with spaghetti, chili with spaghetti and cheddar, chili with spaghetti, cheddar and beans and chili with spaghetti, cheddar, beans and onions.
WOW…did I lose you there? I actually like it all ways, I’m a big chili with beans fan so usually I add the beans to mine regardless along with piles of cheese, because cheese makes all the things better.
Now onion is a hit of miss with me. Usually I’m not a raw onion person and prefer it sautéed but it really works in here. But next time I think I’m going to have to grill up some onions and maybe give them a go on this Cincinnati Chili recipe.
The flavors play nicely together and it gives it a good crunch to set off all the textures and flavors. And a little crunch is something that I can handle, especially in this chili.
Did I mention that this is a SUPER easy recipe? It may seem like it’s hard because it has a boat load of ingredients but seriously, easy. All you do is put everything in the pan and let it simmer for a few hours and your set. I mean who can’t handle that? Besides the smell alone is worth all those ingredients.
This recipe goes a long way too! It saves well in the refrigerator or freezer as well so if you don’t think that you can consume it all in one sitting, then you have the option of saving it for a later day.
We love being able to save the leftovers because I’m a big lover of chili cheese dogs and chili burgers and like I said this is fantastic for it!
So wait no longer, if you haven’t tried it before try it now. This Cincinnati Chili recipe has one of a kind flavor and has multiple options, quick, easy and lasts forever!
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 4 cups water
- 1 large onion diced small
- 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
- 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp all-spice
- 1 tsp cumin
- 3 Tbs chili powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 Tbs cocoa powder
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp cayenne pepper
- In large pot add your ground beef and water, bring to boil and stir your beef until it separates into little pieces, reduce heat a simmer for about 30 minutes.
- Once beef is cooked, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine
- Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 2 1/2 hours or until thickened.
- Serve over spaghetti or hot dogs.