Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati chili is not meant to be eaten like Texas chili, says DanaB—you wouldn’t just tuck into a big bowl of it with a spoon. It’s used more as a condiment, topping things such as spaghetti and hot dogs.

The bland, sweet, heavy, somewhat greasy concoction is not for everyone—soupkitten describes it as “pretty gross.” Did we mention it has cinnamon, cloves, and allspice in it? grampart has even seen one recipe for Cincinnati chili that calls for chocolate, and adds: “I guess it’s an acquired taste.”

ESNY found the stuff objectionable at first, but after spending about two months in Cincinnati began to find it enjoyable, particularly in a three-way (spaghetti, chili, and finely shredded cheese) or on a cheese Coney (a hot dog with mustard, onion, chili, and cheese).

AndyP had some shipped to him while he was in Japan, and had some on spaghetti with diced onions and cheese, a concoction known as a four-way. “I could taste how it wouldn’t be totally objectionable,” he says. “As a matter of fact, after a night of too much enjoyment, it was damn good.”

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