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, allrecipes.com 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
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?