Saturday, December 25, 2010

Cincinnati Chili

My mom makes delicious Cincinnati-style chili. She got the recipe off a postcard years ago. We had it Christmas Eve and it was oh-so-good.

I know traditional chili isn't served with spaghetti, but try it. You'll like it! It's a great cold weather food and if your originally from Cincinnati and miss Skyline - its a classic comfort food!

Homemade Skyline Chili

Cincinnati Chili Recipe

1.5lb lean ground beef
1 (29oz can) tomato sauce
1 (14.5oz can) peeled whole tomatoes
small onion, chopped
½ t. cinnamon
½ t. allspice
1 t. salt
½ t. pepper
1.5 T. chili powder
1 T. white vinegar
1 toe garlic
3 bay leaves
3 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 lb. Spaghetti cooked and drained.

Brown meat & onions; drain grease, put in food processor to turn into small crumbles
rather than large chunks. Place in large skillet or crockpot.

Use food processor to turn tomatoes to liquid. Add to skillet.

Add rest of ingredients to skillet except cheddar cheese and pasta, stir well to combine.

Cook slowly 4-5 hours, covered.

Remove bay leaves and garlic before serving.

Serve on a bed of spaghetti and top with shredded cheddar cheese. Offer chili beans, and
onions as toppers if desired.

I'm not a cheese lover, this is how I make mine!
Homemade Skyline Chili

5 comments:

  1. Just had Skyline yesterday! :P

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  2. Sounds Tasty! I like my mom's but I still miss actual skyline.

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  3. I am completely in love with chili (or chili mac as some people call it). I live in Toledo so I prefer the Tony Packo's style (no cinnamon or allspice) but believe that all chili should be served with noodles of some kind.

    I had no idea that anyone ate chili without noodles until I got to college and went to a friends house where they served chili for dinner. "Where are the noodles?" I asked. They cracked up and asked me if I was from Cincinnati.

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  4. Its the best way to eat them indeed!

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  5. THIS WAS THE ORIGINAL POST CARD RECIPE AND YOU NEVER BROWN THE MEAT YOU CRUMBLE IT IN THE WATER AND BOIL IT AS YOU ADD THE INGREDIENTS ........"CINCINNATI CHILI (from postcard bought in Cincinnati)

    1 quart water
    2 pounds lean hamburger
    1 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 teaspoon cumin seed or ground cumin
    2 large chopped onions
    1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
    2 toe garlic
    2 tablespoons chili powder
    1 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon red pepper or chili pepper
    1 tablespoon salt
    1 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste
    1 1/2 tablespoon cider vinegar
    3 large whole bay leaves

    Crumble raw (do not brown) hamburger into water, add all ingredients.
    Bring to boil then simmer 3 hours. Remove garlic toe and bay leaves.
    Add whole red peppers (if desired) for spicier taste.

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