Cincinnati Chili Paleo Recipe

Posted on 02. May, 2012 by in Recipes

I’ve been a huge fan of Cincinnati Chili ever since my mom-in-law made it for me over half a decade ago. My predispositions to chili before this was that it was a unattractive sloppy mixture that consistently made it’s way onto amusement fairs’ hot dogs.  I know there are some great chili parlors all over the country that serve some fresh, quality chili, but it was hard to shake the images of highly processed chili dogs coming out of a cart. That was until I had this Cincinnati Chili!

My wife has carried the torch from her mom to produce this delicious chili just as well. It’s become somewhat of a comfort food in our house. It’s fresh, warm, and the smell of cinnamon reminds us of the Christmas season and cozy winters. I was surprised to look at the ingredients of this delicious chili and find that it is very much a Paleo food!

To stay “Paleo approved”, there is no adding of beans or oyster crackers to this recipe. If you love hot dogs with your chili, make sure you buy the nitrate free uncured beef hot dogs like these.   Some Cincinnati chili recipes even use chocolate in their recipes. My wife and mom-in-law are obsessed with chocolate so I will have to ask them how their recipe could possibly leave it out :)

How to make Cincinnati Chili:

Ingredients
-2lbs. grass fed ground beef
-2 6oz. cans organic tomato paste
-1 large white onion, diced
-1 tsp. white wine vinegar
-2 tbsp. ground allspice
-2 tsp. cinnamon
-1/4 tsp. ground red pepper
-1 tsp. worcestershire sauce
-2 cups water
-1 clove minced garlic
-2 large bay leaves
-1 tbsp. ground cumin
-1 tsp. salt
-1 tsp. pepper
-3 tbsp. chili powder
-1 spaghetti squash (optional) Preparation of squash found here
Optional – nitrate free hot dogs
Directions
1) Brown beef in large pot and drain.  Mix in water and stir with fork until blended and beef is in fine bits.
2) Stir in tomato paste.
3) Add in all other seasonings and stir.
4) Cover and cook on low for 30 minutes.
5) Remove bay leaves before serving.
6) Serve by itself or with some extra diced onion, chopped up nitrate-free hot dogs or over spaghetti squash.
 For a bit of a cheat, you can try adding some shredded cheddar cheese to top it off.  Make sure your body gets along with the added cheese and you are not just trying to please a couple taste buds. :) Enjoy and let us know how you like it.
Any variations or complimenting foods you tried with it?

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