Main Dishes

Cincinnati Chili Spaghetti

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Here is a signature dish developed and served in Cincinnati, Ohio. Al dente noodles with a savory meat sauce topped with melting, tangy cheddar cheese and given a glorious crunch by oyster crackers... it's a taste and texture combination that must be experienced. The following recipe is my mother's adaptation of my grandmother's original recipe. This recipe is easily adaptable to be vegetarian- simply swap beans for the meat!

12
2 lbs lean ground beef (turkey or chicken also works)
1 onion, chopped
2 qts water
2 12oz cans tomato paste
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp cumin powder
1 Tbsp ground allspice
2 Tbsp chili powder
2 bay leaves
16 oz spaghetti, cooked al dente
12 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 bag oyster crackers
In a large pot, brown the meat with the onion; drain grease. Add water, tomato paste and spices. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer on low for several hours to allow flavors to meld together. Serve sauce over spaghetti; top with a generous serving of cheese and handful of oyster crackers. Variations: 3-Way: the above recipe is considered a 3-Way = noodles, meat sauce, cheese 4-Way: add BEANS (kidney, red, or black) to the meat sauce during preparation = noodles, meat sauce, beans, cheese 5-Way: top meat and bean sauce with raw ONION pieces during assembly = noodles, meat sauce, beans, onions, cheese Chili Cheese Coney: serve sauce over a hotdog in bun and top with cheese
Nutritions

Calories
306

Sodium
413mg
17% DV

Fat
20g
31% DV

Protein
24g
49% DV

Carbs
13g
4% DV

Fiber
4g
16% DV

We haven’t given up on our New Year’s resolutions just yet!  I’ve been trying to incorporate healthy proteins and more vegetables into my family’s diets and these quesadillas were one meal my whole family could agree on! The seasoning used on the chicken and vegetables in this recipe is so full of flavor that it ...

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