Homemade Cincinnati Chili
Yes, it's weird, and yes, it is absolutely wonderful. Here's how to make the iconic Cincinnati Chili.
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 30 minutes
- Total Time: 40 minutes
- Yield: 4 people 1x
- Category: Main Courses
- Cuisine: American
- 2 lbs ground beef, or pork / beef mix
- 2 cups water
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, chopped
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 3 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp allspice
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/4 cup tomato paste
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1/3 cup dark chocolate shavings
- salt and pepper to taste
- shredded cheese to top
- oyster crackers
- rest of the chopped onion
- black beans
- In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is fully cooked. Drain any excess fat.
- Add 2/3 of the chopped onion and garlic to the pot and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
- Stir in the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and cayenne pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the spices are fragrant.
- Stir in the tomato paste and beef broth, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
- Reduce the heat to low and let the chili simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together and the chili has thickened.
- Stir in the dark chocolate chips and let them melt into the chili.
- Season the chili with salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve the chili over cooked spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese, the rest of the onions, oyster crackers, and beans.
Keywords: chili, chili con carne, cincinnati, comfort food