Both my parents were raised in Cincinnati, and I get to go there (and eat) this weekend. And if you’re not from the Midwest, it’s doubtful that you think of Cincinnati with the same degree of respect as, oh, say, Chicago. Cincinnati is a big city, but not that big. Still, it deserves your respect. If for no other reason than the food that is indigenous to that fine city.
Chicago may have its hot dogs and pizzas, but Cincinnati has its “not quite chili” chili. Unlike the kind of chili you probably think of when you think of chili, Cincinnati chili is more like a spaghetti meat sauce than the chunky, tomato, bean, meat concoction that’s ideal on a cold, wintry evening. In fact, Cincinnati chili is almost always served on spaghetti, usually topped with onions, sometimes beans, and oodles of shredded cheddar cheese on top. Often, it’s served on a hot dog, with mustard, and oodles of shredded cheddar cheese on top. Either way it’s served, I love it. And I. CANNOT. Stand. Hot dogs!
Something to do with my high school biology teacher working… oh… never mind!
Yep, for some of you that sounds absolutely disgusting. But it’s not. I promise. In fact, I’ve probably introduced at least 10 – 20 people to it, who are now addicted like me.
But, to shed some light on what makes Cincinnati chili, Cincinnati chili, it has secret ingredients in it that give it a definitive taste. Things like… cinnamon, cloves, allspice, and… chocolate. Obviously, since the recipe is secret, one can never really know, but most copycat recipes call for those ingredients.
By the way, when I say Cincinnati chili, I mean Skyline Chili. It’s the best. There are other brands out there, but, I’m a food snob when it comes to my Cincinnati chili. Actually, I’m also food snob about lots of other foods (Chicago pizza, for one) but this post is about the chili.
All about the chili…
Did I mention that I get to go to Cincinnati (and eat) this weekend?
Because I’m a food snob about this stock up on Skyline when I go to Cincinnati (I get to go there and eat this weekend!). Even though I’ve tried (and been greatly disappointed by) those copycat recipes, I realize you may not have Skyline available where at your grocers.
If you’re adventurous, and you’d like to try non-chili chili I’ve scouted various websites to find a recipe that has good reviews.
But if that’s not quite good enough, I’ll be in Cincinnati this weekend, and I’ll eat some on your behalf… And mine.