Home Style Cooking

Monday, September 08, 2008

Cincinnati's Famous Chili

Use Non Dairy Cheese substitute on top! 

This chili recipe is really famous and one of the most unique and delicious I have ever tasted, though I never tasted it at the restaurants themselves but by making it at home.


It is served in Cincinnati Ohio at the famous Skyline Chili restaurants.


There are many soy or non dairy cheese substitutes now that are very tasty and you can pile them ontop just like in this photo. Ths is how it is served in their restaurants but I like it just plain with onion on top. Served over spaghetti or on hot dogs it makes a wonderful meal

1 qt. water2 med. onions, finely chopped

2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce

5 whole allspice or 1/2 tsp. ground

1 1/2 tsp. red pepper

1 tsp. ground cumin

3-4 tbsp. chili powder

1/2 oz. unsweetened chocolate

2 lbs. ground beef

4 garlic cloves

2 tbsp. vinegar

1 whole bay leaf

5 whole cloves

2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

Put the ground beef into water in 4 quart pot. Stir until beef separates to a fine texture. Boil slowly for 30 minutes. (YUP! you will NOT saute the beef in this recipe. You can if boiling bothers you but the authentic way is to just boil it. Give it a try.)

Now, all other ingredients are put into the mix. Stir well and then bring it all to a boil.

Next, reduce the heat and simmer it all uncovered for about 3 hours.

You might have to cover the pot after a while when a good thick consistency has been reached. You don't want it to dry out.

This chili is best served the next day for two reasons. One, it just tastes better that way and two because after it sits in your fridge over night you can skim off any fat that layers on top.

If you used a very lean ground beef though, you can serve right away.

The key is to serve it over hot spagetthi.

Now at Skyline they serve it several different ways. Piles of onions on top, piles of cheese, piles of everything .. etc.

You decide what embellishments you prefer and add them to the plate.
This recipe is delicious served on hot dogs too so if you make up a bunch of it, freeze it in small batches for just that purpose. Your cook out guests will really enjoy it.

Chocolate and vinegar give this chili is addictive flavor. I never met anyone who didnt rave about Skyline chili!
I have never eaten it at the restaurant as I eat strictly kosher ..but I have made this at home and let me tell you it is really scrumptious.

If you are allergic to chocolate I can tell you it tastes almost as good without it. Just as always sample as you go along and regulate to your own desires.

Food isn't any good unless YOU like it no matter what anyone else thinks!

Bon appetite.

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