Cincinnati Chili

Who can resist hearty chili in the depths of winter? This is not your everyday chili! Guaranteed to please the adventurous of palette, but anyone whose favorite chili is akin to that from Wendy’s may not find this to their liking.

No beans. Lots of meat. Exotic flavors!

Cincinnati Chili
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This chili was intriguing to me not only because of its ingredients, but its similarity to "Matt's Chili Dogs" in the "on the side" condiments. Adapted from The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: American
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 Tbsp neutral oil
  • 1.5 sweet onions, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • ~1.5 lbs lean ground pork
  • ~1.5 lbs lean hamburger
  • 1 Tbsp whole cumin seeds
  • 4 Tbsp hot chili powder
  • 4 whole bay leaves
  • 3 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp allspice
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 5 Tbsp Worcestershire
  • 5 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 1 can (28 oz) pureed tomatoes
  • 2-3 dry chilies
  • salt to taste
  1. In large (12 qt) heavy stockpot on medium heat, peanut oil. Saute onions and garlic.
  2. When onions are clear, add pork, hamburger, cumin seeds, chili powder, bay leaves. When meat is browned, drain fat.
  3. Add cinnamon, allspice, Mongolian Fire oil, cocoa powder, Worcestershire and white vinegar, pureed tomatoes, dry chilis and salt.
  4. Simmer, covered, for 1-1/2hours. You may need to add water as it cooks.
* If you use the microwave to cook the ground pork and ground beef, this should sit overnight for flavors to better mingle.


Serve with some combo of these sides:
(a) Pasta
(b) Grated cheddar cheese
(c) Chopped onions
(d) Beans
(e) Sour Cream

Originally shared in the WetLeather database in two versions: version 1 and version 1. Updated 26 Feb 2022.

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