Total TimePrep: 20 min. Cook: 1-3/4 hours
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- 4 medium onions, chopped
- 6 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup baking cocoa
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 3 teaspoons dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons ground allspice
- 2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Hot cooked spaghetti
- Shredded cheddar cheese, sour cream, chopped tomatoes and green onions, optional
- In a Dutch oven, cook the beef, pork and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Drain. Add the beans, tomatoes, vinegar, cocoa and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1-1/2 hours or until heated through.
- Discard bay leaves. Serve with spaghetti. If desired garnish with cheese, sour cream, tomatoes and onions.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 421 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 443mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 11g fiber), 32g protein.
Apr 4, 2020
Idk what all these other people are saying but this was arguably the worst chili’ I’ve ever tasted! The only thing I could taste was Cinnamon even though I put in less than the recommended amount. I will never make this recipe again.
Mar 30, 2020
It was a bit of a stretch for me to add cocoa powder and cinnamon to a chili recipe but, knowing that kind of flavor combination works well in Mexican cooking, for example, I gave it a try. We did the whole package: chili spaghetti cheese onions beans. It went over well with my family and It was a nice change from our regular chili. I held back a bit on the 2 teaspoons of hot pepper sauce, but brought the sauce to the table for those who wanted more heat. We'll do this again!
Feb 9, 2020
I’ve made this a few times now and everyone loves it. Very flavorful. I use pintos instead of kidney beans. My son declared this his new favorite dish!
Sep 14, 2014
I just made the chili & did not use spaghetti. Since it was thick I added an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce & a can of water plus another tablespoon of chili powder. It was good but a little heavy on the cocoa so I will cut that back next time I make it & perhaps add a little more sugar.
Sep 12, 2013
This is not supposed to be your typical "chili." In Cincinnati, Ohio, it is known as 5-way chili. Toppings are added on top of the sauce and can be eaten in any number of ways. Beans are a topping and not cooked in the meat sauce. It is served over spaghetti. Other optional toppings are chopped onion and shredded cheddar cheese. The sauce is great, even if you think the spices sound weird. You have to try this!
Feb 4, 2013
This traditional Cincinnati Chili recipe won the 2000 chili cook-off at work. I've been using it ever since! It works particularly well with 2 pounds of venison. The spices work to complement the flavor of the meat and disguise any gaminess. Venison is a smart and healthy choice because it is so lean.
Sep 22, 2011
This is a regular "fall" recipe in our household. Even the kids love it. It's different but very flavorful and makes a generous batch-ideal for having people over for dinner.
Jul 12, 2011
a great way to eat chili. This recipe makes a big batch and is very filling with the noodles and toppings.
Mar 19, 2011
The taste is different than regular chili because of the spices but it is definitely a keeper!!
Dec 11, 2010
I don't feel I can fairly rate this dish, which is why I gave it 4 and not lower. You see, I think I used the wrong kind of chili powder which resulted in a chili that was SO hot we couldn't eat it. I added near 2 cups of yoghurt to tame the heat, but it still burned our mouths--and just so you know, my husband and i can handle heat typically as he was born and raised in India and I lived there for awhile and we cook spicy food all the time.I know Mexican chili powder is a mix and much different from pure chili powder used in Indian cooking. Thus, I will make this dish again and either buy some Mexican/North American style chili powder, or cut the chili down a LOT. Would like to taste it better, and without yoghurt as the recipe sounds very interesting.