- 2 pounds ground beef, (80/20 lean muscle to fat ratio)
- 1 onion, finely diced
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 1/2 teaspoons powdered ginger
- 2 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3/4 teaspoon cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
- 4 cups low-sodium beef stock
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 pound bucatini noodles, boiled in salted water, drained
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
In a large saute pan over medium heat, brown the ground beef while breaking the mass into smaller pieces. While the meat is cooking and still a little pink, add the onion and saute until the beef is fully cooked and the onion turns translucent. Drain all of the fat from the pan. Add all the dry spices and cook for 2 to 3 minutes more, then stir in the tomato sauce. Once combined, incorporate the beef stock, vinegar and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a simmer and cook for 1 hour. Put the cooked bucatini in a serving bowl and add the meat sauce. Garnish with Parmigiano-Reggiano and serve.
Chef s notes: Traditionally this is Cincinnati Chili, although I grew up with it as "Farmer's Market Spaghetti" that my Grandmother discovered at the 1933 World's Fair. I deemed it Weird Spaghetti as a child, but "Good weird! A family favorite, we enjoy with just pasta and cheese.
Cincinnati Chili is served with shredded Cheddar, oyster crackers, chopped onion and kidney beans.