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    Cincinnati Chili

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    3 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    3 hrs

    KelBel's Note:

    The thing that makes Cincinnatians' recipes different from the way you and I would start cooking the chili is not only the spices, but also the method. They do not start by browning the meat, but by boiling it!

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    1. 1
      Bring the water to the boil and add the ground beef. Stir until the beef is separated and add the rest of the ingredients.
    2. 2
      Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours, or until thickened. Cool, then refrigerate overnight. Skim off any accumulated fat and reheat the chili.
    3. 3
      Serves with any or all of the following accompaniments:
    4. 4
      1 way: cooked spaghetti.
    5. 5
      2 way: finely grated cheddar cheese
    6. 6
      3 way: chopped raw onion
    7. 7
      4 way: cooked kidney beans
    8. 8
      5 way: oyster crackers.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 05, 2007


      Outstanding flavor; DH unable to wait for it to meld overnight. Very easy to make, too. I used 1 T. cocoa instead of the unsweetened chocolate. Thank you! ETA: I've also made this with lentils (about 3/4 lbs) for meatless meals, and it's still outstanding.

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    • on February 04, 2011

      Lived in Cincinnati my whole life - this is ambrosia! I do hit mine with an immersion blender for a few rounds to make it thin - you don't want chunks of meat or onion. I keep a crock pot of this for parties with boiled hot dogs and buns, spaghetti and fixin's or layer it with cream cheese, beans and cheese for an awesome dip. Always popular.

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    • on December 16, 2008


      Out of all the 'Cincinnati Chili' and 'Skyline' clone recipes out there, I believe this one is the closest yet to Skyline.. We have one here in Clearwater, and can also purchase it frozen, but being able to make it yourself at home is definitely preferred. (Especially since they charge almost $4 for a chili-dog, and theirs are only like 3" long, lol..) Today we had the chili over spaghetti, 3-way, and splashed with Tabasco, and I think the texture and flavor (and even the color) would rival what you would get in the Skyline parlor. Delicious! 5-stars! Thanks KelBel..

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    Nutritional Facts for Cincinnati Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (332 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 316.5
    Calories from Fat 192
    Total Fat 21.3 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 78.3 mg
    Sodium 997.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 22.0 g

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