This not-quite traditional Cincinnati Chili adds some green peppers for texture and bumps up the chili powder. It’s chili. Make it how you like it. Then put it on top of a hot dog, noodles or whatever makes you happy.
If I had known (or bother to have done a we bit of research before making this recipe) that Cincinnati chili was commonly served as a sauce for hot dogs – this post would be very different. And 10 times more epic. Anything over a hot dog in my book is winning. But sadly, I just recently discovered that this was a hot dog topping and that such things as ‘chili parlors.’ Where has this information been my whole life? And what other amazing hot dog toppings am I unaware of.
See, this post now has nothing to do with chili, or Cincinnati or anything relevant. But damned if I don’t want a hot dog.
I did break some traditional Cincinnati-style rules and add some green peppers to this just for texture. And I bumped up the chili powder a bit more. It’s chili. Make it how you like it. Then put it on top of a hot dog. Forget the noodles.
- 12 oz dried spaghetti
- 1 lbs ground beef
- 1 cup onion chopped
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- 1 tablespoon tomato paste
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1-2 tablespoon chili powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 15 oz cooked red kidney beans rinsed and drained
- 14 oz marinara sauce
- 14 oz diced tomatoes drained
- ⅓ cup water
- salt and pepper
- shredded cheddar cheese
- In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook the spaghetti according to directions on package.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef and onion until meat is cooked through and onion is tender.
- Add the garlic and tomato paste and cook 1 minute longer.
- Stir in the red pepper flakes, chili powder, cinnamon. Cook for two minutes.
- Add the beans, marinara sauce, diced tomatoes, and water. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce to simmer and let cook for a few minutes longer to allow the flavors to mingle. Season with salt and pepper as needed.
- Serve over cooked spaghetti with a hefty portion of cheese on top.