Growing up in the Cincinnati area meant I had my fair share of coneys and 3-ways. Cincinnati-Style Chili dates back to the 1920’s when an immigrant from Macedonia started serving it in his Greek restaurant. It is a Mediterranean spiced meat sauce that definitely isn’t your typical chili. For the full history, check out this page. Most of my life, my hometown, about 20 minutes west of Cincinnati, had a Skyline chili. GoldStar came to compete several years later, and I think in the early days there was even an independent chili restaurant too. We spent lots of Friday nights at Skyline after football or basketball games. We also held fundraisers there for various sports and cheerleading. It was pretty much a staple in our diet.
I’m not sure why but for some reason they always served oyster crackers alongside all the other carbs too, which as a kid was a great snack while you awaited your meal. Fast forward to now, times have changed a bit for us and our diet, but when I think of comfort food, this is it for me. The best part about this meat sauce is I can still enjoy the comfort of childhood without the high carbs by serving it over Spaghetti Squash topped with cheddar cheese. And just for the experience, I gave the kids some Simple Mills Crackers on the side. A little bit to my surprise, my kids love this dish too. My daughter said it tastes better than cake! This week I’m making it for a potato bar at the Victory Project, which should be yummy too!
To all my fellow Cincinnatians or those ready to try a new dish.. enjoy! It’s perfect to try for any Super Bowl festivity.
- 3 lbs Ground Beef Grass-fed preferred
- 2 qts water
- 1-2 large Spagetti Squash
- 29 oz can of tomato sauce We love the Thrive Market brand. Two cans of the 15 oz work well too.
- 1/2 tsp Allspice
- 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper I leave this out for the kiddos
- 4 cloves garlic minced or 1/2 tsp glarlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground cloves
- 1/4 cup chilli powder
- 2 TBS Apple Cider Vinegar
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1 tsp Cumin
- 1/2 oz Unsweetened baking chocolate
- 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1 bay bay leaf
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce or can sub coconut aminos
- If you don't have time to cook the meat overnight, you can still boil the meat and drain it, or you can just sauté in a pain and rinse afterward. The boiling process gets the meat a bit finer than cooking in a pan.
- Slow Cooker- Cook the meat in advance with one of the options above, then mix all the other ingredients in the crockpot, then add the meat and stir well. I put it on low for 3-4 hours then turn it down to keep warm until ready to serve! (Remove bay leaf prior to serving & make sure to stir again so the chocolate gets mixed in after it melts!) I doubled the recipe to fill a crockpot.
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