Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Cincinnati Chili Dogs

 I haven't had much time to post lately, but I just had to share the Cincinnati Chili Dogs I made on Sunday. Cincinnati Chili was a favorite of ours when we lived in Indiana (and had access to a Skyline Chili restaurant), but there isn't anything like it in Minnesota. Luckily, has a very good recipe--supposedly the original Skyline Chili recipe. You can find the recipe here: Authentic Cincinnati Chili

The great thing about this chili is all the spices---cinnamon, allspice, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, cloves, chili powder....and a "secret" ingredient....

It's true...chocolate makes everything better!

We decided on chili dogs after we found these Angus dogs at the store. No nitrates means no swollen sausage fingers for Pete....

Cincinnati Chili is usually served over spaghetti, with a few variants on the toppings. Here is a breakdown of how Cincinnati Chili is most often served:
  • two-way: spaghetti and chili
  • three-way: spaghetti, chili, and shredded cheese
  • four-way: spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, and either diced onions or beans
  • five-way: spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, diced onions, and beans
  • cheese coney: hot dog topped with chili, shredded cheese, diced onions, and mustard
  • chili cheese fries: French fries topped with chili and shredded cheese
Oyster crackers are a must for authentic Cincinnati Chili, but, alas, I forgot to buy some. Another reason we decided on the dogs.

My mother-in-law, who lived most of her life in Ohio, never heard of Cincinnati Chili. It was an instant hit with her.

How do you like your chili?


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  2. Looks great! I have heard about Cincinnati, but I have never actually eaten it before.

    The addition of the Cocoa sounds like it would be very good; kind of like a Mole Chili. Not so sure about the Spaghetti noodles though.

    Then again, my niece loves iCarly and she almost has me talked into making Spaghetti tacos. So my mind is open to the possibility of Chili and Spaghetti... LOL

    I usually eat my Chili with shredded Cheddar and a few dashes of Chipotle Tobasco.

  3. Last year i had authentic chicago style hot dogs. I will have to try this one. And the cocoa - i have a bunch to use up in my cupboard.

  4. I love chili dogs, I have never added cocoa powder to chili...but will now

  5. I am going to try this chili this week! The "secret" ingredient has me curious!

  6. mmmm....looks yummy!!! I like my chili straight up, no beans...cheese and onions on top and if it's hot, maybe a little sour cream. Of course a good slice of corn bread on the side. But hey, you wouldn't see me turn down one of them there dogs!

  7. Looks WONDERFUL! I've always wanted to try Cincinnati chili YUM! I remember my mom making the HOTTEST chili you could imagine, we LOVED it. One evening a friend of the family was dinning with us on chili night, while we were gobbling it up he had the biggest tears rolling down his cheeks! Mom offered to get him something else, but he loved the flavor of her her chili!