3-Ways for Dinner

While I am writing this post, my homemade Skyline (or Cincinnati) chili is simmering on the stove. For you all who aren’t familiar with Skyline, first of all, you have lived a sad, sad life. But it’s okay, because it’s a dish that’s only in Cincinnati area (although I think it has spread through Kentucky and Ohio).

Anyway, the recipe was originally from a Greek family many years ago, but now it has turned into a chain of restaurants and copy-cats back home. The chili is very unique because it is so sweet. Some say they add chocolate to it, but no one really knows. They feature the original chili spread across a bed of spaghetti noodles and topped with shredded cheddar cheese, garnished with oyster crackers. It comes as a 3-way (which is the noodles, chili, cheese), 4-way (noodles, chili, cheese, beans), 5-way (I don’t know what that is because I never get that). Anyway, it’s delcious, addictive, and a great comfort food on a rainy day.

Back in foods class in high school, our teacher gave us her recipe for Cincinnati chili, it clearly is not the same as Skyline, but it’s pretty darn close! So, I invite you (even if you aren’t from Cincinnati) to give this recipe a shot!

1 lb. ground beef
1/2 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 t vinegar
1/2 small can tomato paste
1-2 T chili powder (depending on how much heat you can handle)
2 t cinnamon
1/2 ground red pepper
2 bay leaves
1/2 t all spice
1-2 dashes worcestershire sauce
2 t salt
2-3 C water

  1.  In large sauce pan, brown ground beef and minced onion.
  2. Add water and remaining ingredients
  3. Cook uncovered for 1-2 hours, until thick
  4. Serve over spaghetti, sprinkle shredded cheese and oyster crackers on top
  5. Enjoy!

3 replies
  1. Amanda Johnson
    Amanda Johnson says:

    Remember when we had gallons of chili in my fridge because no one wanted to eat our conference chili?? Haha. I know I bring this up all the time, but it’s sooo funny still.

    Reply
  2. Amanda Johnson
    Amanda Johnson says:

    Remember when we had gallons of chili in my fridge because no one wanted to eat our conference chili?? Haha. I know I bring this up all the time, but it’s sooo funny still.

    Reply

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