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Cincinnati Chili Recipe

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2 cups water
3 Cups Beef Broth
6 oz can of Tomato paste
1/2 oz baking chocolate (unsweetened - I use Baker's brand)
4 Bay leaves
3 Garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup chili powder ( I use 2 Tbsp. to start and add more if I want more spice after tasting later)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or less, depending on your desired heat level
1/8 tsp black pepper
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 lbs lean ground beef
Optional toppings include shredded cheddar cheese, diced white, yellow or green onion, rinsed kidney beans, oyster crackers or saltine crackers and hot sauce.

Add the 5 cups of water and beef broth in a large pot. I like to use my dutch oven for this.
Add the tomato paste and chocolate and heat over medium heat stirring to combine for about 3 minutes. (I stir with a whisk to really break up the tomato paste)
Add garlic, bay leaves, chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, cumin, allspice, oregano, cloves, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, sugar and vinegar.
Next, crumble the raw ground beef into the pot with your fingers, then use a potato masher, whisk or fork to break up the meat into very fine pieces.
Turn heat to high to bring to a boil.
Once boiling, turn the heat down to med-low.
Cook, uncovered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, at a low boil.. stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened quite a bit. Remove bay leaves.
Serve over thin spaghetti or a hot dog.

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2 hours
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I was given this recipe by a co-worker when I worked at "Charles Rose & Associates" in Portland when the girls were little and was very worried about the combination of spices with ground beef but I found out that it was delicious!
Other notes:
Spicy 5-Way Chili, seasoned with sweet spices and dark chocolate, has a flavor reminiscent of Mexican mole sauce. The chili originated in Cincinnati, Ohio, where chili parlors stand on many street corners. The chili is served alone, 1 way, 2 ways over spaghetti, 3 ways with added beans, 4 ways with chopped onions, or 5 ways with shredded cheese! Fantastic on hot dogs too!

2-way = spaghetti and chili
3-way = spaghetti, chili, cheese
4-way = spaghetti, chili, onions OR beans, cheese
5-way = spaghetti, chili, onion AND beans, cheese

Bun, hot dog, chili
Bun, hot dog, chili, cheese
Bun, hot dog, chili, mustard OR onion, cheese
Bun, hot dog, chili, mustard AND onion, cheese




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