Nothing like comfort food on a cold winter day! What a weekend so far! Hubby is off and we were expecting a big huge snow storm. Well, it never happened. We got a dusting. What we do however have is plenty of milk and bread! May I ask what’s up with that urgency of getting bread and milk in a snow storm? I’m thinking, soup, hot chocolate, cookies, and snacks are far more important than milk and bread. It’s actually kinda funny to me that the store shelves clear out. In Florida it used to be peanut butter and bread. In Buffalo, NY, it’s beer. Plain and simple, that is their necessity. I remember the blizzard of 77 my grandmother got stranded at our house. She walked to a 7-11 and bought a case of beer and walked back in a tundra of snow. In a way, that was probably a good thing she was able to get it, otherwise we would have had a crabby Irish Grandma on our hands HA!~ Today, I am sharing how to make Cincinnati Chili. This recipe is so easy and so delish. Even better when your husband is the cook. I typically make a white chicken chili that is really good as well. My hubby wanted to try a new recipe. A friend of ours actually gave us the recipe. Mike of course had to improvise and add a few extra’s too it. He insisted a little dark chocolate was called for. Hey, I won’t argue that, go for it.
I have never been to Ohio but have quite a few friends from the area that now live here in the south. Apparently, they get cold winters too. I don’t miss the cold and snow what-so-ever! I do miss a a lot of the comfort foods of home though. We can’t get a good chicken wing around here to save our life. People rave about Buffalo wild wings. We went a few months back and it was not very good in my opinion. This Cincinnati chili recipe is the bomb! It calls for a lot of spices that you may already have. If not, it’s worth having them and trying this recipe. Did you know Dollar tree carries a lot of spices too? Just a little fyi for you. Spices can be pricey.
Pin it, make it:) mmmmmm….mmmmm…good!
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ to ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 ½ pounds ground beef chuck
- Kosher salt
- 1 6 -ounce can tomato sauce
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 bay leaf
- 2 tablespoons of chopped unsweetened chocolate
- 1 can white canelli beans
- 2 tablespoons of Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon cider or red wine vinegar
- ground pepper to taste
- cheddar cheese for topping
- Heat the oil in a medium Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add half the chopped onions and the garlic and cook until soft, stirring, about 5 minutes. Add the chili powder, paprika, cumin, allspice, coriander, cinnamon, cayenne and cloves. Cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add the beef and cook the mixture, stirring, until the beef is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Add the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, bay leaf and 1 ½ cups water; simmer the mixture, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thicker. Add the chocolate, vinegar and Worcestershire and cook until the mixture is thickened but still soupy, about 15 more minutes. Discard the bay leaf and season the chili with the freshly ground pepper. Serve over pasta of choice, and top with cheddar cheese
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Thank you so much for the recipe. Sounds relish. Will be making shortly.
I meant delish
HaHaHa!!! I know exactly what you’re saying about the mad rush to buy out the store!!!! I’m like “really”. I have been making chili with those ingredients for 50 years but didn’t know it had a special name of “Cincinnati Chili”. Learn something every day. Stay warm.
Thanks Kathleen. It’s so yummy! We are nice and warm inside. The sun is shining today which is nice to see.
This looks so good. I know what you mean about the snow.People in Missouri where I live act like their going to hole up for a few days when you put snow in the weather forecast. I grew up in the Denver area where you just get used to it. They have it down to a science dealing with snow. We rarely had our schools cancelled.
Same in Buffalo, rarely a school closing.
I felt the same way after moving from NY to southern VA….until we experienced a little 5″ snow and found out the difference from the North and the South. We tried to drive down the gravel driveway after several days and discovered that our car was sliding on the Clay that was under the gravel. We had to leave our car for about a week because it almost slid into the ditch until the snow disappeared enough that the clay could dry up and we finally were able to move our car back onto the road. The schools were closed for a week because the buses couldn’t drive down those Muddy country roads. Good ole Virginia clay!
We decided that we would plan to stay in for a few days and not worry about driving since we are retired and have heat and plenty of food and of course, the internet. No need to rush out but it’s been quite an education.
That is true. We have never experienced anything like that here yet. Glad you were safe and sound.
Hi, Debbie! We have always live in the South, in four states. The “milk and bread” cry is partly symbolic, partly real. My parents always added soup, bologna, mayo, and Coca-Cola. We had lots of home canned goods, of course, including chicken stew, and beef and vegetable soup and Brunswick stew. We lost power for five days one time, about 1960 when I was in fifth grade, I think, but warmed soup to Luke-warm on the floor grate for the gas heater. The milk and mayo and bologna went into a cooler with ice and later snow. We children were outside playing in the snow for hours each day, and we had many layers of quilts to keep us warm as we slept on the floor near the furnace grate. We didn’t starve or freeze, but I remember how happy we were when Daddy brought home crackers and bananas. But we had to have that milk and bread to build our cold meals around.
Makes sense Jewell. I love your cozy warm story! Thanks Jewell.
Oh, YUMMO!!! I love Chili and am always looking for a new chili recipe to try. Definitely going to give this one a go. Thanks, Debbie and Mike!!!
You are so welcome Kris. It’s YUMMY!!~ enjoy.
Reading the chili recipe..I looked around for one of the grandkids bibs. Drooool. Funny you mentioned the bread and milk people grab before a snow storm. I agreed totally with your grocery list. Cute!