Monday, June 28, 2010

Weird Spaghetti is A Bit Too Weird for Us!

I watched an episode of Guy's Big Bite and he made something called Weird Spaghetti. It's basically Cincinnati Chili on top of pasta. I've never had Cincinnati Chili before but it sounded pretty good and I'm always up for trying something new. I made a smaller version to try and I'm glad I did cuz we didn't like it at all! There's just something in the mixture of all the spices (maybe all-spice and cocoa?) that didn't appeal to our taste buds. I did read mixed reviews about the recipe so I'm assuming we're part of the crowd that doesn't love Cincinnati Chili. Oh well, there's always regular cowboy chili!


1 Tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 lb ground beef, (80/20)
1/2 c onion, finely diced
2 cloves garlic minced
1 Tbsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp dry mustard
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
1 c tomato sauce
1 c beef stock
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
Hot cooked spaghetti
1/2 c shredded Cheddar cheese


1. In a sauté pan over medium heat, brown the ground beef while breaking the mass into smaller pieces. While the meat is cooking and still a little pink, add the onion and sauté until the beef is fully cooked and the onion turns translucent.

2. Add the garlic and dry spices and stir until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the tomato sauce, beef stock, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, scraping the bottom for brown bits.

3. Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low and simmer. Stir occasionally until the chili is deep red in color and has thickened slightly, about 1 hour.

4. Serve over Spaghetti and top with cheese.

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