Cincinnati Chili

Why am I looking at a soup cookbook and for some reason thinking that chile sound good? I’m not really a chile person, but when I saw this recipe it reminded me of a really great day when Randy & I went to a chile place in Burbank, CA that everyone out there had told us we needed to go. It was called Chile John’s. and the only reason I agreed to go was that I figured that if I went there for him, he would go to Stein Mart for me. So we found Chile Johns, which has been there since 1946, and waited for a place at the counter to await the famous chile. You can get it served over spaghetti, which is something that was so foreign to me. But thinking that anything served on spaghetti must be good, I ordered the mild and ate every bite. It was simply delicious. When I saw this recipe for Cincinnati Chile, it brought back a great memory of that day. It is always so much fun to go out and experience some of the places that towns are known for and this was no exception. The chile was really good and it was fun sitting on stools around the counter, talking to the guys dishing up different types of chile.

I know it is summer, but some nights are just meant for “comfort” foods, no matter what temperature it is outside. Just turn down the thermostat and dig in.

FYI….he did take me to Stein Mart but after eating all the chile, I wasn’t in much of a mood to buy clothes…found that I would be needing a little larger size after that lunch. Does he know how to plan our my shopping days or what?

1 lb ground beef

1 lb ground pork

4 medium onions, chopped

6 garlic cloves, minced

2 cans (16 oz each) kidney bens, rinsed and drained (I will use pinto because I simply don’t like kidney)

1 can (28 oz) crushed tomatoes

1/4 cup vinegar

1/4 cup baking cocoa

2 tables chile powder

2 tables Worcestershire sauce

4 teas ground cinnamon

3 teas dried oregano

2 teas ground cumin

2 teas ground allspice

2 teas hot pepper sauce

3 bay leaves

1 teas sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

Hot cooked spaghetti

Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped onions for topping as desired

In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, cook beef, pork, onions and garlic over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Drain. Add the beans, tomatoes, vinegar, cocoa and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 2 hours.

Discard bay leaves. Serve over spaghetti or in bowls. Garnish with toppings to your liking.

Serves 6 to 8

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