My partner's step-father, Geno, knows his way around the kitchen. Living in Loveland, Ohio he's also very aware of how Cincinnati chili should taste - especially that of Skyline Chili. Here's his recipe for the famous chili...and it's pretty darn close to the real thing!
Geno's Skyline Chili
2 pounds ground chuck beef
2 dashes Worcestershire Sauce
2 medium white onions, chopped
1 - 6 oz. can tomato paste
1 - 1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoon oregano
5 cups water
2 fresh garlic cloves, minced *
2 red peppers, chopped **
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon allspice
1 pound box of spaghetti noodles (cook as directed on the box)
1 can kidney beans
2-3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
* substitute 1/2 teaspoon dried garlic chips
** substitute 1-1/2 teaspoon dried red pepper
1. Put all ingredients to a stock pot, except for the beef, spaghetti, kidney beans, cheddar cheese and 1 cup of chopped onions.
2. In a skillet, cook beef and 1 cup of onions and sprinkle with chili powder. Cook until beef is brown.
3. Drain off any fat and add to the stock pot. Let simmer for three hours.
4. Once the chili is ready, heat kidney beans in a separate pot, then add to the chili.
5. In a serving bowl, place cooked spaghetti, covered it with chili, cheddar cheese and onions.