Tuesday, November 19, 2013
If you've ever spent any time in Cincinnati, you've been introduced to Cincinnati Chili.
There are two competitive Cincinnati Chili companies here, Gold Star and Skyline. Fans are the same as fans of Coke and Pepsi. Some swear one is far superior to the other and just as many swear the other is far superior.
The story of how Cincinnati Chili that I have heard the most often is that many years ago Greek immigrants wanted to come to the United States, but couldn't get visas for entry. These folks went to Mexico to wait for their opportunity for the American Dream. While in Mexico, they learned to make chili with a combination of Greek and Mexican traditions. Finally the opportunity came when they could come to the USA and they settled in Cincinnati. With them came the chili that is now famous as a Cincinnati dish.
The "real" recipe for this is a secret, but if you do a search of the Internet for Cincinnati Chili, you'll find tens of recipes to try so you can make a pretty good copy of it at home.