Cincinnati Chili recipes?
Just reading the midwest board debating where to get the best Cincinnati chili: my Ohio-born man waxes eloquent about good 5-way Cincinnati chili, and asked if I could get a recipe for his next poker night.
For the uninitiated, Cincinnati chili is not that typical bowl of spicy beans -- it's a spicy meat gravy topping for spaghetti. Depending on what you add (beans, cheese, chopped onion, etc.) it becomes 3-way, 4-way, 5-way... seems to me I heard something about crushed saltines in there too.
I'd hate to think it was something as simple as browning ground beef, stirring in chili powder and water. Whatcha got fer me, Hounds?
I use the following recipe which was developed, if I recall correctly, by an "expert food taster" who specializes in "decoding" famous restaurant recipes:
BEEF, GROUND, 5 lbs lean, chili grind
VINEGAR, 2 T
LIQUID BEEF STOCK BASE, 2 T + 3 C water (OR BEEF BROTH)
TOMATO PASTE, 0.5 C + 1 T
ONION POWDER, 1 T
GARLIC POWDER, 2 T
SUGAR, 2 T
SALT, 2 T
BLACK PEPPER, 0.25 t ground
CINNAMON, 2 T ground
COCOA, 1 T unsweetened
CAYENNE PEPPER, 1 -2 t
OREGANO, 1 T ground
CARDAMOM, 1 T ground
CORIANDER, 1 T ground
CUMIN, 0.75 t ground
CLOVE, 0.75 t ground
THYME, 0.5 t ground
TARRAGON, 0.5 t ground
ALLSPICE, 0.5 t ground
BEEF BROTH/STOCK, 3, C (OR BEEF STOCK BASE AND WATER)
In a large Dutch oven or heavy soup pot, combine the ground beef, vinegar, beef broth or beef stock base with water, tomato paste, onion powder, garlic powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a simmer. Stir to combine. Lower the heat to low and cover. Cook for 9 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove the lid, and stir in the cinnamon, cocoa, cayenne pepper, oregano, cardamom, coriander, cumin, cloves, thyme, tarragon and allspice. Cook over low heat for one additional hour. The chili can be served at once or frozen for up to four months (to remove any excess fat, refrigerate the chili for several hours or overnight; then, remove and discard the opaque solidified fat with a spoon).
Cincinnati Chili Choices:
1-Way: by itself
2-Way: over spaghetti
3-Way: over spaghetti and topped with grated cheddar cheese
4-Way: over spaghetti and topped with grated cheddar cheese and chopped onion
5-Way: over spaghetti and topped with grated cheddar cheese, chopped onion, cooked beans (such as kidney or small red chili beans) and oyster crackers
And here's a picture of how it looks:
I made it just after I got back from Cinci. I used a recipe that called for the meat to be fried. I was told later that you boil the meat. So I know for next time. The thing is, the stuff turned out great. My suggestion is find one that seems good and use it as a starting point. If hubby wants more cinamon, next time add a little more. You'll get it right after a few batches. By most accounts it has cocoa in it. I used it and it makes a difference.
Rita, I have just what you want, I think. We used to live right near Cincy and grew to love the chili. This recipe http://recipecircus.com/recipes/Kimbe... is really, really good. I found it, oddly enough in a Southern Living magazine, but it is the real deal. We have made it a LOT, so it is definitely tried and true.
You will find many recipes for Cincinnati chili on the web. If you want to achieve the true texture of the real item, however, make sure you cook the ground beef in broth, rather than browning it in a frying pan, as you would typically do for other forms of chili. I'd also suggest you prepare the chili the day before you intend to serve it, so that you can refrigerate the boiled beef, which allows you to easily remove the fat before you serve the dish.
I haven't made it but saw an episode of America's Test Kitchen where they made Cincinnati chili. You should be able to find the recipe on their website and then check to see how it meshes with other online recipes.
It should definitely have cinnamon and maybe even cocoa powder in it and should be very loose. Never seen the saltines, but some of the locals I've eaten with at Skyline when I was in Cincy for work crushed oyster crackers on top of their 3-ways.
You are probably going to get some great recipes from expert locals, so I won't bother to try to write down the method I use to make Cincinnati chili in Pennsylvania!
But I can tell you that during the year we spent in Cincy for business, my husband and I came to really enjoy the chili. If you search online for Goldstar Chili you'll find recipes from customers who believe they've duplicated the recipe and any one of them is probably a good place to start.
The key ingredients are chocolate and cinnamon. But serving it over spaghetti with finely shredded cheddar and a drizzle of hot sauce is also critical!