Cincinnati Chili

I’ve been going to Hard Times Cafe for ages, and that was the first place that exposed me to chili with cinnamon in it. It was life-changing. Seriously. Cinnamon with beef?! It kinda blew my mind. Here’s my take on it. Want to make the “original” from HTC? They sell their mixes!I’ve been going to Hard Times Cafe for ages, and that was the first place that exposed me to chili with cinnamon in it. It was life-changing. Seriously. Cinnamon with beef?! It kinda blew my mind. Here’s my take on it. Want to make the “original” from HTC? They sell their mixes!

Cincinnati Chili
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Servings Prep Time
16 15 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 15 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Cincinnati Chili
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
16 15 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Servings Prep Time
16 15 minutes
Cook Time
2 hours
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Brown the ground beef.
  2. Add everything else, stir well, and bring to a boil.
  3. Simmer with the lid on for a couple of hours.
Recipe Notes

Want to make this in the slow cooker? Just follow step 1, and then throw everything into the slow cooker for about 6 hours. It's going to be a bit soupy, which is fine, because that's how Cincinnati chili is supposed to be served.

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Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
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This is a traditional Cuban dish. As a child, I always found it absolutely hilarious that I was eating what translated to "old clothes." My family traditionally served ropa vieja with plantains (usually maduros) , black beans, and rice, but of course rice and beans are out for me now, so I either eat it plain or over some riced cauliflower.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Slow Cooker Ropa Vieja
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This is a traditional Cuban dish. As a child, I always found it absolutely hilarious that I was eating what translated to "old clothes." My family traditionally served ropa vieja with plantains (usually maduros) , black beans, and rice, but of course rice and beans are out for me now, so I either eat it plain or over some riced cauliflower.
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Servings Prep Time
8 servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
8 hours
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Cut the peppers and onion into thin slices.
  2. Place everything into the slow cooker. I usually put some of the vegetables on the bottom, then add the roast, and put the rest of the vegetables and everything else on top.
  3. Cook everything on low for 6-8 hours, or until the roast starts to fall apart. Your house will start to smell of delicious ropa vieja about halfway in. DO NOT give in to the temptation to devour everything at this point; wait until it's done, and you can thank me later.
  4. When the roast is ready (falling apart) carefully remove it from the slow cooker and place in a large bowl (or on a large plate). Shred the roast with two forks and place everything, including the juices, back into the slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for another 30 minutes to an hour.
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