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Cincinnati Style Chili

This is the recipe for the chili served up at our Halloween parties.  It's an adaptation of an old Cincinnati style chili recipe.

4    lbs    ground beef
2             onions. chopped
12           garlic cloves, chopped
2    Tbl    cumin
8    Tbl    chili powder
6             bay leaves
2    tsp    cinnamon
4    tsp    Tabasco sauce
4    Tbl    cocoa powder
4    Tbl    Worcestershire sauce
8    Tbl    white vinegar
56    oz    canned chopped tomatoes
2    Tbl    fresh oregano, chopped

4    cans    kidney beans (optional)

Brown the ground beef with the onions and garlic..  Add the rest of the ingredients except for the tomatoes, oregano, and beans.  Let cook for about 30 minutes.  Add about 2 cups of water and stir well.  Take off the stove and cool in refrigerator overnight.  This will allow the fat from the ground beef to rise to the top of the pan and harden.  

Remove all the fat and discard.  Put the chili meat back on the stove and add the tomatoes, oregano, and beans (optional).  Simmer for about three hours and serve.  Add more hot sauce or hot peppers to suit your taste.

  Cincinnati-style chili is typically made without beans.  It is very popular in Cincinnati, Ohio where restaurants like Skyline Chili serve it up over spaghetti noodles with a mountain of fresh cheddar on top.