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Fairly Authentic Cincinnati Chili

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“There's a few Cincy recipes out there, and here's another. Seems fairly authentic and my wife and in-laws liked it. Very, very easy.”
2hrs 20mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Saute the onion in the olive oil until translucent.
  2. Add the water, tomato sauce and tomato paste and stir.
  3. Add the beef WITHOUT BROWNING IT. Break it up and stir.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients up to and including the chocolate.
  5. Simmer at least 1 hour, preferably 2 or 3 until spaghetti sauce consistency.
  6. Boil spaghetti to al dente. And now the 'ways':
  7. One-way: Chili alone with some oyster crackers.
  8. Two-ways: Chili on spaghetti.
  9. Three-ways: Chili on spaghetti with cheese on top.
  10. Four-ways: Chili on spaghetti with chopped onion, then cheese on top.
  11. Five-ways: Chili on spaghetti with onions, kidney beans, then cheese on top.
  12. Offer extra chili flakes to the hot-heads.

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