Saturday, January 29, 2011

3-Way, My Way Chili

I am very particular about my chili and there are few I deem good enough to eat. In a meat verses beans chili kind of world, I'm all about the meat. This version is my take on the Cinncinatti chili that has been popularized by the famous Skyline chili. I tried to stay true to the familiar ingredients found in this chili. However, I tweaked it ever so slightly to make it my own. The "3-Way" comes from one  of the various ways this chili is ordered up North. "3-Way" meaning chili, spaghetti, and cheese. If you have to have your beans (4-Way), feel free to toss them in. I'll just look the other way. 

3-Way, My Way Chili

2lbs ground chuck or sirloin (chuck will make it more truckstop kind of greasy)
1 large onion, roughly chopped
4-5 garlic cloves, diced
2 tbsp chili powder
1-2 tsp cayenne (depends how hot you like it)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp paprika
1tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp cumin
1/2 tsp cloves
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp organic tomato paste
1 15 oz can organic tomato sauce
1 14.5 oz can organic diced tomatoes
3 cups organic beef broth
1 1/2 tbsp worchestershire sauce
1 1/2 tbsp cider vinegar
1 tbsp organic ketchup
1 tbsp olive oil
1 lb spaghetti ( I prefer wheat)
1 lb sharp cheddar cheese
*Optional Ingredients: Kidney beans, diced onion, jalapenos, sour cream*

In a food processor combine ground chuck, onion, and garlic. Pulse until smooth, almost the consistency of a thick paste. *This will make the end result of your meat very flaky rather than clumpy*

Heat a large pot on medium and add your olive oil. Once heated, add your meat mixture. Add your spices and mix thoroughly. Let your mixture sweat for about 5 minutes, but do not let the meat brown.

Pour in your tomato sauce, beef broth, and diced tomatoes. Cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Last, add the worchestershire, vinegar and ketchup. Continue to cook your chili for an hour or until thickened.

Serve as follows, depending on your preference:

3-Way - Chili, spaghetti, cheese
4-Way - Chili, spaghetti, cheese, kidney beans or onions
5-Way - Chili, spaghetti, cheese, kidney beans, and onions
My Way - Chili, spaghetti, cheese, sour cream, and jalapenos!


  1. Chili and spaghetti...who knew?

    Yet another tasty update on an old favorite of ourse.

  2. looks yummy, chad would like it. you'll have to make it for my ohio hubby sometime. :)