Sunday, February 10, 2008

Snow's Chili....alias Cincinatti Chili

This is what I saw yesterday when I checked the extended forecast, yuk. Rain, rain and oh yeah...rain. What's a girl to do? Make comfort food! Good, hot, stick-to-your-ribs home cookin'.
For several years I was on the hunt for a really good chili recipe. When I was working full time and the farm was, well...milk cows take a LOT of time, sometimes chili came out of a can, yuk. I wouldn't even eat the stuff but The Husband isn't as choosy as I am. He was often too tired and too hungry to care what ended up on his plate.
In the early 90's I was working as a manufacturer's rep in the gift industry, one of the lines we represented carried some great books from a publisher. I fell in love with Hollyhocks and Radishes, it's a story style cookbook. It's filled with charming letters and sweet stories about the recipes, I know it sounds sappy but it's one of my favorite cookbooks. This cookbook is where my search for a great chili recipe ended.
It's called Snow's Chili (alias Cincinnati Chili)

ingredients I always have in my cupboard
Snow's Chili
2 large onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons oil
2 pounds lean ground beef
2 15-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
2 10-ounce cans tomato soup
2 15-cans kidney beans
2 cups beef broth
1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate
4 tablespoons chili powder, I use 1 tablespoon cuz I'm a huuuge spice sissy
1 teaspoon each ground allspice, cinnamon, and cumin
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, I use 1/8 teaspoon, cuz...yeah..spice siiiissyyy
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bay leaf
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
salt to taste, I hardly use any salt because the flavors are lovely for me

In my large Belgique (wahoooo, love that pan) 8 qt. pan, I saute the onions and garlic in butter and oil until soft. Add meat and cook over medium-high heat, continually stirring, until no longer pink.
Add remaining ingredients (beginning with 2 cups beef broth), and barely simmer. The recipe says to simmer for 1-3 hours. I transfer the chili to my crock pot because if i don't, I tend to forget about it and I scorch the stuff. That makes me extremely cranky, and I have no one to blame but myself. Hence the crock pot solution. I also like the fact that having a crock pot simmering on the counter in my kitchen makes me look like Beckie-Home-Eckie..I like to look like her sometimes. If I'm going to pull off the Beckie fake-out though, I need to make sure that nobody sees the lovely Belgique pan in the sink that has the scorched chili on the bottom.
See photo below, it happened....againnnnn.

So, sometimes we eat this chili "as is", but sometimes we get crazy and top it with some grated sharp cheddar cheese, a dollop of sour cream and a lovely little scattering of sliced green onions. This makes it wicked -good instead of just plain good -good. Annnnd, since I was a dairy farmer's wife for so many years I think that we should use dairy products every chance we get, makes it prettier!

Serves: 6-8

Prepare: 30 minutes

Cook: 1-3 hours

Freezes very well!


Jerrie said...

Mmmmm....Looks yummy. We love chili over here! I make my mom's recipe and it is always served with fritos (frito pie!) and recently (since Archer) I've added cornbread (the boxed kind). Arch loves cornbread!

Scorching the bottom of the pan makes it taste better I am sure!

Big Heap said...

I have a couple pounds of elk burger that I'll try in your recipe.

(I suggest ketchup instead of sour cream as a garnish - but "to taste", as they say.)

tami said...

I should make this b/c my guys love chili. I don't. I want too though. It looks good, nice pics.
The weather I checked said 90% chance of rain every single minute of this week. Yuk!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

The chili recipe sounds and looks delicious. Any recipe that has chocolate as an ingredient is number one in my book. I can't wait to try this. Thanks.

Lisa said...

as for the forecast. same here. just saw it on the evening news while cooking. blech. come on spring!

Lisa said...

Hi. Me again. I was looking for your email address and couldn't find one... so beckie-home-eckie (i had to tell my hubby about that one! too funny) - email me if you want. I'd be happy to help you out if you need anything added/deleted for your blog. I had the impression that being on blogspot you couldn't control the code and do as you pleased with the look. I don't pay attention so well... you can do it all.

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Stopped at the store on my way home last night for some ingredients for the chili. I cut the recipe in half and omitted the beans as I don't like them. I put the stewed tomatoes in the food processor until smooth. I must say, it was excellent. A little on the hot (spicy) side but very good. Thanks again for the recipe.

Anonymous said...

"Cumin is characterized by a strong musty/earthy flavor which also contains some green/grassy notes."

Woops. Forgot the cumin and spilled the cloves but, otherwise, The chili is delicious. Home Ec. 101


This is so funny that you look at the weather and then decide to cook comfy food. So Canadian of you! Love your blog.

Jessica Dovell said...

This is THE best chili recipe out there!!! I own the cookbook Hollyhocks and Radishes and it is probably my favorite cookbook as well!!