Anyone watch cooking shows? I rarely do, but my husband used to love them when we still had cable (that’s a whole different story…). One day he watched someone making Cincinnati-Style Chili and got me interested, too. I did a quick online search for a recipe (since we’d missed the details) and said, “Hey, I think we have everything the recipe calls for!” I proceeded to make it that very evening, and it immediately became a household favorite.
When I started Trim Healthy Mama over two years ago, I spent some time digging through my recipe box and assorted files to see what favorites still worked as written, or with minor modifications. Cincinnati-Style Chili fit the bill, much to my husband’s relief. And mine, I have to say.
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So, let’s get started!
Recipe: Cincinnati-Style Chili
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Sauté the above together until the meat is no longer pink.
• 1 small onion, finely chopped
• 2-3 cloves garlic, minced or grated
• 1 can tomato paste (6 ounce)
• 1 can tomato sauce (14 ounce) (or a home-canned pint jar of roasted tomato sauce)
• 1 cup water
• 1 tablespoon vinegar
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 2-3 bay leaves
• 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
If you like a bit more heat, add a bit more chili powder or Tabasco. Once this is simmering, start heating the water for pasta. The timing came out very well this way.
Now the fun thing is that (apparently) if you order this in Cincinnati, you can order it in different ways!
3-Way: Sprinkle grated cheddar cheese over the top
4-Way: A couple tablespoons of raw chopped onions, then the cheddar
5-Way: Kidney beans, raw chopped onions, then cheddar
Yes, in THM, you can have up to 1/4 cup canned beans in an S (moderate fat, low carb) meal. Jim loves his Cincinnati-Style Chili 4-Way. I like onions just fine, but not raw, so I serve mine a modified 5-Way with kidney beans and cheddar but no raw onions. And definitely add veggies or a salad to your meal! I usually have my salad with Glory Be Dressing. Yum.
Sadie from Raindrops on Radishes would find it hard to believe she could enjoy this and still lose weight in her Trim Healthy Mama story!
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