This is an Original Cincinnati Chili, very different from other chili recipes from other parts of the United States. It may look like regular chili when you include beans, but you’ll notice the difference once you taste it. Cincinnati Chili is unique.
First of all, it is more like a meat sauce, like a Bolognese sauce and should be served over spaghetti or pasta.
It is not a very spicy chili. Although it traditionally contains chili powder, it differs from other Mediterranean spice blends.
You’ll enjoy an unexpected touch of sweetness that usually includes cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, although other spices play an important role and, as with any recipe, variations exist from one cooking to another.
This blend of spices harmonizes perfectly and from the first bite you will be pleasantly surprised.
Original Cincinnati Chili : Ingredients (for 6 people)
- 900g ground beef
- 470g canned tomato purée
- 1 large whole onion
- One can of red beans
- 4 tablespoons of chili powder (more or less depending on your taste and the type of chili used)
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon of 5-spice mix
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 5 whole bay leaves
- 1.5 teaspoons vinegar (prefer red wine vinegar)
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1- Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan. Leave the onion whole.
2- Spread the ground beef evenly so that it cooks evenly.
3- Cook over medium-low heat, uncovered, for two hours, stirring every 20 minutes.
4- Remove onion and bay leaves.
5- Serve with spaghetti or tagliatelle.