I have to skip the shredded cheddar cheese you usually find on top because I'm lactose intolerant
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The Lazy Budget Chef solution to make my own
Cincinnati style chili in
the slow cooker – my personal Mrs. Patmore. I can tailor the ingredients to my
liking. I do not have to spend extra money for my favorite four way with bean
style either. Good thing, I have no idea
where my car keys are right now.
Slow Cooker Skyline Chili Recipe
I read a bunch of
chili recipes and cherry picked ingredients until I came up with something that
comes close to tasting like Skyline chili. We do not eat a lot of red meat as in
the restaurant recipe. I substitute ground turkey for hamburger and whole wheat
spaghetti for regular spaghetti but you are welcome to use those ingredients if
that’s what you like!
2 pounds of ground beef or turkey
8 cups of water
1 chopped onion
2 cups of black beans (I use dried black beans but canned will work too.)
4 cups of tomato sauce
1 large clove of minced garlic
4 Tablespoons of chili powder
2 Tablespoons cinnamon (not so secret ingredient #1)
1 ½ Tablespoons of baking chocolate powder (or ½ a square of a baker’s chocolate bar) (not so secret ingredient #2)
½ teaspoon ground allspice
½ teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 ½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
2 Tablespoons vinegar
Grated cheddar cheese
Extra chopped onion
1. Pour the water, ground meat, and onion to the crock pot. Break up the ground meat with a spoon so it will further break up while cooking. If you want to shorten the overall cooking time, you can simmer these ingredients on the stove for 30 minutes to brown the meat first.
2. Add the black beans to the mixture. I don’t soak the dried black beans. I just pop them in the crock pot. You can soak your dried beans overnight or use canned beans if you want a faster cooking time. (Skip the beans if you like to eat
chili as a three way – not that. See
Step 5 for the explanation.)
3. Add the tomato sauce, garlic, dry ingredients, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar to the slow cooker.
4. Cook in the slow cooker on medium for four hours if you use precooked meat and beans or eight hours if you use unbrowned meat and dry beans until the meat is loose and beans are thoroughly cooked.
Cincinnati style chili isn’t
chunky. It looks a lot like spaghetti sauce.
5. Cook and drain the spaghetti. You are ready to experience eating chili the
way! Grab the cheese, onion, and
crackers. You have the option of eating Cincinnati
style chili as a:
- 3 Way = Spaghetti topped with (beanless) chili and cheese
- 4 Way = Spaghetti topped with chili and cheese and beans in the chili or extra chopped onion on top
- 5 Ways = Spaghetti topped with chili and cheese and beans in the chili and extra chopped onion on top.
I make my
style chili with beans in the chili which automatically makes Husband’s chili a
because he adds shredded cheddar cheese to the top of his chili. I don’t add
the cheese anymore because I can’t eat lactose.
Both Gold Star and Skyline serve their
Cincinnati chili with oyster crackers on the
side. I usually skip them because I don’t buy them. However, I don’t turn down
the crackers on the rare occasions we go to a restaurant (not often they look
at me as if I have three heads when I order without cheese.)
Have you eaten Cincinnati Style chili? Which way do you prefer?
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