First let me start with an apology for not writing for so long. It is very rare for me to get a vacation and when I do I leave all thoughts behind me.
Some years ago I was a manager at a restaurant named Hard Times Cafe, a great little place in the DC Metro area to go and get a really good Micro brew and an amazing bowl of chili. They have many different kinds of chili on the menu, Texas chili(No Tomatoes), Vegetarian Chili(No Meat), and one of my favorite was the Cincinnati Chili.
Cincinnati Chili, otherwise known as Skyline Chili was created by Nicholas Lambrinides, an immigrant from Kastoria, Greece. In 1949 he created Skyline restaurants with a goal of bringing the unique flavors of his homeland to American cuisine. The recipe I am providing you with is an adaptation of the original recipe created by Nicholas Lambrinides so many years ago.
2 lbs. ground beef(Lean is better for this chili)
2 medium onions, finely chopped
1 quart water
2 8-ounce cans tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon garlic powder
4 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 Tablespoons cider vinegar
1 bay leaf, crumbled
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 drops of Tabasco sauce
2 teaspoons paprika
2 beef bouillon cubes
Bring the water to the boil and add the ground beef. Stir until the beef is separated then add the rest of the ingredients. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours, or until thickened. This chili is not one that you make and serve so you will now have to cool it in the refrigerator overnight (You can make it and serve it but it just does not have the same taste). Skim off any fat that settles on the top and reheat the chili. Serves 6-8,
Cincinnati chili lovers order their chili by the number. Two, Three, Four, or Five Way.
Two-Way Chili: Chili served on spaghetti
Three-Way Chili: Additionally topped with shredded Cheddar cheese
Four-Way Chili: Additionally topped with chopped onions
Five-Way Chili: Additionally topped with kidney beans
Cincinnati chili is a great example of what I always say, Make it your own. An immigrant from Greece came to America found a dish that was culturally popular and put his own spin on it and now it. Be creative and Enjoy