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Old 05-10-2014, 02:15 PM   #1
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Cincinnati Five Way Chili

Have any of you made or tasted Cincinnati Five Way Chili?

I first had one of the many versions of it at the cafeteria of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis MO when I worked there in my late teens. That cafeteria was great-----even had a 'chef'----- who probably made even better meals for the Fed Reserve high mucky mucks in their inner sanctorum.

"chili spooned over freshly made pasta and topped with a combination of chopped onions, shredded Cheddar cheese, refried beans or kidney beans, and crushed oyster crackers. If you choose "the works," you are eating what they call Five-Way Chili." (There was NO refried beans in 'my' version but there are kidney beans.

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This version sounds a lot like the version he cooked.

"Yields: 6 to 8 servings
Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 2 hr


1 quart beef broth or stock
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 medium onions, finely chopped
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced (or to taste)
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon red (cayenne) pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa or 1/2 ounce grated unsweetened chocolate (I didn't use this)
1/2 teaspoon salt and coarsely-ground black pepper to taste
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 (16-ounce) package uncooked dried spaghetti pasta
1 to 2 (16-ounce) cans of Kidney Beans (or to your taste)
Toppings (see below)"

(Same link as above. Instructions are there.)

I have the EXACT recipe from the Fed Reserve (was in a newspaper) but I'd have to dig around a bit in the mess I call my desk/files/garbage bin.

I don't remember the chocolate being in his recipe so I'd probably leave that out--- maybe just a smigen of cocoa.

You can see this is probably like stew---- everyone does it slightly different. I'm fixing it tonight and will try to aim for perfection----- as I remember it.

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Old 05-10-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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That might be the recipe I made last year for my PPPC. It looks familiar.
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