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Cincinnati Chili I

Reviewed: Oct. 30, 2012
This recipe was great!! We eat at a Skyline or two every time my family passes through the Ohio/Kentucky area where they are prevalent, and I have eaten at the original, with lines out the door for lunch every day, many times. I have tried a number of other recipes for Skyline (Cincinnati) chili (from this site and others)and this is the closest recipe to "the real thing" at the original Skyline (downtown Cincinnati) of all of them--especially when you include the notes from the other reviewers and mine below: 1. if you want the very fine consistency, You must cook the hamburger in the broth first. Then drain, and add back new broth--I recommend using beef bouillon cubes for the broth--works fine, and it's cheap. (You can do this in a crockpot for 12 hours on low, the night before.) However, this recipe comes out just fine if you skip this step. 2. Once beef is browned or cooked with onions: -Do double the cinnamon and increase the chili powder as others recommend -I used at least a tablespoon of onion powder and garlic powder -I substitute 3 tbsp cocoa powder and a tbsp of butter for the chocolate square (cuz I didn't have any the first time)--then add a couple of Dove Milk Chocolate squares for the touch of sweet, where some used molasses--works great 3. Cook the mixture on high in your crockpot or (simmer on the stove) for the time recommended in the recipe, and serve over pasta with finely shredded cheese and finely diced onions as shown in the picture.
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