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    Cincinnati Five-Way Chili

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    1 hrs 30 mins

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    1 hrs

    ratherbeswimmin''s Note:

    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.

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

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 16, 2007


      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.

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    • on March 02, 2006


      I first found this recipe in a David Rosengarten cookbook. While it tastes pretty good the first day, it tastes better on reheating (like most chilis). I omitted the water from my chili as I like it thick.

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    • on December 23, 2005



    Nutritional Facts for Cincinnati Five-Way Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (442 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 719.5
    Calories from Fat 289
    Total Fat 32.1 g
    Saturated Fat 14.2 g
    Cholesterol 106.7 mg
    Sodium 1004.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 67.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.6 g
    Sugars 10.2 g
    Protein 41.0 g

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