Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati ChiliRecipe
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke, Jan Gautro
"At a Cincinnati reunion, we tried the city's famous cinnamon-laced chili over noodles with toppings. For our twist, we made an Indian spice mix--garam masala--with plenty of cinnamon spiked with black peppercorns." -KKD


8 servings

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Nutritional Information

Calories 276
Caloriesfromfat 20 %
Fat 6 g
Satfat 1.7 g
Monofat 2.7 g
Polyfat 1 g
Protein 26.5 g
Carbohydrate 31.7 g
Fiber 9.1 g
Cholesterol 45 mg
Iron 4.2 mg
Sodium 755 mg
Calcium 97 mg


Cooking spray
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground sirloin
1 1/2 cups plus 3 tablespoons chopped onion, divided
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 teaspoons garam masala
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 cup water
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
2 (15.5-ounce) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed, drained, and divided
1 (15.5-ounce) can light red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley


Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and beef to pan; cook 6 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Transfer beef to a small bowl; keep warm.

Reduce heat to medium; recoat pan with cooking spray. Add 1 1/2 cups onion to pan; cook 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Add garlic to pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, oil, and the next 4 ingredients (through nutmeg) to pan; cook 1 minute or until fragrant, stirring constantly. Add tomato paste; cook 1 minute. Add 1 cup water, vinegar, and tomatoes to pan; bring to a boil. Reserve 1/2 cup dark red kidney beans. Add beef, remaining dark red kidney beans, and light red kidney beans to pan; cover, reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Ladle 1 1/4 cups chili into each of 8 bowls. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon remaining dark red kidney beans, about 1 teaspoon remaining chopped onion, and 1 tablespoon parsley.