Cincinnati-style Chili Problem!

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ajg
Junior Burger
2012/01/08 20:07:15
Hi everyone!
 
I'm a Cincinnati native and for those of you who have never been (or tried) there isn't much in Cincinnati worth mentioning except for chili! :)
 
I've lived in Chicago for years now and while relatives do send some cans of Skyline, I decided to make my own Cinci-style chili. However, everything I've done seems just about right (from recipes online) but there is something not there. My chili has come out too sweet. I taste test next to a can of Skyline (not exactly like the restaurant but close) and while the spices seem darn close, it is too sweet. I don't know what to do. I'm good in the kitchen but was wondering (I don't think it needs more salt) what might be wrong.
 
For other cooks, do you think I should use fattier ground beef? My father, another cook, says that might fix it but I was wondering, even if you have never had Cinci-style chili (you've been missing out!!!) if you think that "theory" might hold true. I know fats are very important to taste but not sure if want to try again or if someone has another suggestion.  This is my first post so sorry to ramble! :)
 
P.S. This is the recipe I've used with a couple modifications. I added some clove, a little extra salt, and some hot sauce.
6star
Filet Mignon
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/08 20:58:53
How does your recipe differ from this one?
http://americanfood.about.com/od/classicchowdersandstews/r/cinnchili.htm
Or this one?
http://www.food.com/recipe/skylike-chili-skyline-chili-copycat-110548
Or this one?
http://www.cooks.com/rec/view/0,1749,149162-241206,00.html
Or this one?
http://allrecipes.com/recipe/cincinnati-skyline-chili/
 
Some have chocolate, some do not.  According to one website, chocolate is not listed as an  ingredient on the canned Skyline Chili, therefore none is in it!
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/09 08:37:42
I use cocoa powder in mine and that should cut the sweetness if you're not using it in yours.
 
Perhaps if you post your recipe we can see where the sweetness may be coming from.
 
DT
MetroplexJim
Filet Mignon
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/09 08:57:32
http://www.hersheys.com/pure-products/hersheys-cocoa/natural-unsweetened.aspx
 
Start with 1T/gallon.  Increase until sweetness subsides.
sudie
Cheeseburger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/09 09:16:32
I have to respectfully disagree with ajg.  There's a lot worth mentioning about Cincinnati, especially food wise .
 
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/09 11:57:57
Ajg, have you tasted the individual ingredients to see if one of them is unusually sweet?  I wonder if the sweetener is hidden in something else.
 
Brad
Davwud
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/09 13:52:27
ScreamingChicken

Ajg, have you tasted the individual ingredients to see if one of them is unusually sweet?  I wonder if the sweetener is hidden in something else.

Brad

Outside of the obvious (sugar) my bet would be the tomato product.
 
DT
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/09 14:52:39
sudie

I have to respectfully disagree with ajg.  There's a lot worth mentioning about Cincinnati, especially food wise .



Agreed! As a sausage lover, I dream of Cincinnati metts (mettwursts); and while I do not necessarily dream of goetta, it's a breakfast meat I wouldn't want to do without.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/11 16:27:42
Michael
 
I dream about goetta.  Yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/11 16:30:28
I love metts, but I'm not that big a fan of goetta.
Sonny Funzio
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2012/01/11 20:08:17
ajg
P.S. This is the recipe I've used with a couple modifications. I added some clove, a little extra salt, and some hot sauce.

What is the recipe you've used?
There's no recipe or link to a recipe there.
qwertydvorak
Junior Burger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/01/31 19:50:30
Here is my Cincinnati style chili recipe:
 
1) Start with a package of Gold Star or Skyline chili seasoning. 
2) Follow instructions on back.
 
I would just have them mail you a large box of the seasoning packets.  Alot cheaper to make in bulk and much cheaper on shipping than cans.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/01/31 21:38:36
ajg
there isn't much in Cincinnati worth mentioning except for chili! :)

Not sure how I missed this post when it was originally posted - but its too bad that a so-called Cincinnati native such as yourself was unable to find anything else of worth here. 
 
Sorry about your luck.........since there is actually plenty worth mentioning here
 
 
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/01/31 22:15:32
TJ,
 
ajg was a one post wonder over a year ago. Not worth the time. I think he blew his one post not getting in on the Orion Cooker.
CCinNJ
Sirloin
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/01/31 22:20:12
Or a kitchen across the pond.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/02/01 07:43:02
TJ Jackson

ajg
there isn't much in Cincinnati worth mentioning except for chili! :)

Not sure how I missed this post when it was originally posted - but its too bad that a so-called Cincinnati native such as yourself was unable to find anything else of worth here. 

Sorry about your luck.........since there is actually plenty worth mentioning here
 
I couldn't say it any better!!  Yes





EliseW
Junior Burger
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/07/22 22:32:00
Some of the Cinti. chili recipes have brown sugar in them....leave it out.  The allspice can also be a little sweet.  Your best bet is to use a package of Cinti Chili Mix......it's pretty good.  BTW, there are a lot of wonderful foods here in Cincinnati and not just chili!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Cincinnati-style Chili Problem! 2013/07/22 23:14:43
EliseW

BTW, there are a lot of wonderful foods here in Cincinnati and not just chili!

 
We know and I'm sure many of the locals would like you to share  what you know , but most non locals (like me) are just looking for the regional items that are unique to Cincinnati (if some one demanded I try something different and didn't provide an alternative, I would then rather "just have a salad")