Cincinatti Chili (recipe from my mom)
2 shallots, minced
1 pound ground beef
1 T chili powder
1-1/2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp salt
15 ounce can of tomato sauce
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 T cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
To serve: 1 pound cooked pasta and grated cheddar cheese
1. Heat a soup pot over medium-high heat, and drizzle in a little olive oil. When it's hot, add the shallots, and saute for a minute or two. Add the ground beef and chili powder, and continue to cook, stirring often, until the beef is browned.
2. Sprinkle in the cocoa powder, garlic powder, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, red pepper flakes, and salt, and stir to combine well.
3. Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, and water. Stir to combine, and then bring to a boil. Lower the heat, and simmer for 90 minutes, uncovered. Check on the chili occasionally and add a little water if it looks like it's getting too dry.
4. Serve the chili over cooked pasta, and top with shredded cheese. Other traditional toppings include minced onions, beans, and oyster crackers.