Cincinnati Chili: 3, 4, or 5-WayYou can measure the spices into a small bowl while your beef browns.
(NOTE: Speed things up!!! See my "Cooked Beef" comment on the "Hints" page!)
1.5 lbs ground beef
2 T oil
2 cloves garlic
2 chopped onions
2 T chili powder
2 T sweet paprika
1.5 t cumin
1 t allspice
1/2 t ground coriander
1.5 t cinnamon
1/2 t cayenne pepper
1/4 t cloves
1 6 oz can tomato sauce
1 can diced tomatoes
1 bay leaf
2 T unsweetened chocolate, chopped up a bit
1 T cider vinegar
2 T Worcestershire sauce
12 oz cooked spaghetti
1 19 oz can red kidney beans
1 pound shredded cheddar cheese
Brown the ground beef in one skillet (drain off any fat). Soften 1 cup of the chopped onions in oil over med heat in oil in another skillet - about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook 1 min.
Add the chili powder. paprika, cumin, allspice, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and cloves. Continue to cook 1 min. Stir in the browned beef and continue to cook. Add some S/P.
Add the tomato sauce, the tomatoes, bay leaf, 1.5 c water and simmer 30 min.
Add the chocolate, vinegar, and Worcestershire and cook another 15 min.
Meanwhile, cook the spaghetti according to directions.
Heat the beans.
Pull out the bay leaf from the sauce and discard.
Note: I brown the beef in my pressure cooker, drain, then add everything else except the spaghetti, beans, second cup of chopped onion, and cheese and just pressure cook it for 15 minutes (remember to pull out that bay leaf afterwards.) The sauce is done by the time the pasta is cooked!
Divide the cooked pasta into serving bowls and top as follows:
3-way: Spaghetti topped with chili and cheddar cheese
4-way: Spaghetti topped with chili, then chopped onions, then cheddar cheese OR
Spaghetti topped with chili, then chopped beans, then cheddar cheese
5-way: Spaghetti topped with chili, then chopped onions, then beans, then cheddar cheese
If you have kids you're serving, cut back on the cayenne. Kids' taste buds are much more sensitive than our old over-used ones!!
And the winner this week is SaFr - Great detective work!!!