Cold winter days are the perfect days to eat chili for dinner. My family likes their chili “Cincinnati-style”, or without beans. Authentic Cincinnati chili is really a meat sauce eaten over pasta. I guess you could make this recipe to serve over pasta, but we eat it like traditional chili, in a bowl with some shredded cheese and sour cream, with a side of corn bread and tortilla chips.
The ingredients are simple:
Ground beef, onions & garlic
Spices: oregano, chili powder, cumin, allspice, salt and….cocoa powder!
Sauce: tomato paste, diced tomatoes and beef broth
Just be sure to allow 2 hours to simmer for all the flavors to infuse and I promise you won’t be disappointed!
Enjoy and stay healthy!
No Beans Chocolate Chili
Beanless ground beef chili with surprise chocolate ingredient
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- I large onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 lbs ground beef
- 1 tsp oregano
- 2 tbsp chili powder
- 2 tbsp ground cumin
- 1-1/2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground allspice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 can tomato paste 6 ounces
- 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 ounces
- 2 cups beef broth
- 1 cup water
- In a large pot, add olive oil and heat to medium-high. Add onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. When onions are translucent, add ground beef and crumble and cook until no longer pink.
- In a small bowl, combine oregano, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice and salt. Add to ground beef and stir.
- Add tomato paste, diced tomatoes, beef broth and water and stir well to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer. Continue simmering, uncovered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.