***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. No other compensation has been provided, and all opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
Since I live in the great state of Ohio, I have always got to try locally-inspired dishes. We've got Buckeye Balls, Sauerkraut Balls (recipe can be found HERE) and tons of ethnic dishes that showcase the many cultures found here in NE Ohio. I know I absolutely love heading to the West Side Market in Cleveland to sample some delicious Polish, Hungarian, German, and Greek foods.
One of my favorite regional dishes would have to be Cincinnati Chili. I started making this years ago when I was craving spaghetti and had to please my husband. You see, he's weird. He won't eat anything with an obvious tomato-based sauce. So normally spaghetti AND chili are totally out of the question. Until I discovered Cincinnati Chili.
Cincinnati Chili cannot be confused with normal chili. It has an entirely different and unique flavor profile that makes it stand in a category of its own. With ingredients like cinnamon, allspice, cloves, chocolate and Marukan Rice Vinegar, this dish is literally oozing with flavor.
It's actually fairly simple to make, although it does call for several ingredients. Don't let the long list intimidate. It's seriously well worth the effort.
First, you need to prepare the meat by boiling it. Yes, I did just say boil. Doing this gives the beef a fine consistency, much like that found at Skyline Chili.
Once the meat has boiled and the water level has reduced, add all the spices and other ingredients. Normally this recipe doesn't call for kidney beans mixed into it, but I was feeling it at the time so I tossed in a can.
While your chili simmers away, making your home smell like some exotic, delicious restaurant in the Mediterranean, prepare your pasta. Traditionally, this dish is made with plain old spaghetti. You can use any pasta you'd like, though. It's even good as a casserole with macaroni or egg noodles! Top it with some cheese and get ready to drool.
Once your pasta is done, top it with chili and cheese for a "3 Way", add some beans on top for a "4-Way" or get really crazy by adding cheese, beans and diced onions for a "5-Way". (Yes, these are the terms used here in Ohio for these classic variations of the dish.)
For easy reference, here is my exact recipe. I recently changed it up by using Marukan Rice Vinegar rather than apple cider vinegar, and you can definitely detect a difference in flavor. The rice vinegar is delicate in flavor and offers a wonderful tang.
Have you cooked using Marukan Rice Vinegar before? How does it help you elevate old favorites into vibrant new dishes? I'd love to hear all about your experiences!
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