Cincinnati Five-Way Chili

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Created in 1922 by a northern Greek immigrant who wanted to put some of the Old Country spices into chili. This chili can be eaten several ways. One-way chili: spiced chili alone. Two-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti. Three-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese. Four-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese and chopped onion. Five-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese, chopped onion, and beans.

Top Review by sulu2250

We liked this. Made it to the recipe apart from a bit less cinnamon and cloves which I thought would be too strong for us. Served it over rice with the onion and cheese. Served with plain yogurt and corn chips on the side.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients; set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add in ground beef; cook until meat is browned, breaking up into small crumbles with a wooden spoon.
  4. When the beef is browned, add in onion, garlic, spice mix; stir/saute 1 minute.
  5. Add in tomato sauce, water, BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, chocolate, and bay leaves.
  6. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour (it should look more like a thick sauce than the chili most people are used to).
  8. Remove bay leaves.
  9. To serve five-way: distribute spaghetti among 8 bowls; spoon chili over spaghetti.
  10. Top chili with cheddar cheese, onion, and kidney beans.

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