Saturday, January 7, 2012

The Pride of Southern Ohio

There's something that I haven't fully admitted to you. While I am a big sports fan, my leanings go towards Ohio State (everything) and Cleveland Indians baseball. I do not care that much about the NFL. It has nothing to do with the Browns less-than-stellar record, and more to do with I just don't find the NFL that interesting.

That makes just one of us in the house. The hubs, on the other hand, is a huge NFL fan. Fantasy football, blah blah blah. And he's a Bengals fan. Because he's from Cincinnati. This does not make us quite a house divided, although I do get a bit of amusement whenever they lose to the Browns, because he cares so very much.

For tonight, I decided to honor these southern Ohio roots and make the perfect football watching meal. And, because we are watching the game on delay as I type this, I have no clue what the outcome is. And while I don't really care, being the good wifey that I am, a teeny, tiny part of me does want the Bengals to win simply because it would make the hubs sooooo happy.

Cincinnati Turkey Chili
Source: Cooking Light, September 2009

  • 4oz spaghetti (skip)
  • Cooking spray
  • 8 oz lean ground turkey
  • 1.5 c. prechopped onion
  • 1 c. chopped green bell pepper (skip)
  • 1 tbsp bottled minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 c. chicken broth (used no-salt)
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, undrained (used no-salt)
  • 2.5 tbsp chopped semisweet chocolate
  • 1/4 tsp salt (skip)
  • cheese
  • Cook pasta according to directions. Drain, set aside.
  • Heat a dutch oven over med-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey; cook 3 mins, stirring to crumble. Add 1 c. onion, bell pepper and garlic; saute 3 mins. Stir in chili powder and next 5 ingredients (through allspice). Cook 1 min.
  • Add broth, beans and tomatoes; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 20 mins, stirring occasionally.
  • Remove from heat; stir in chocolate and salt.
  • Serve chili over spaghetti, top with onion and cheese.
Yield: 4 servings (1/2 c. spaghetti; 1.5c  chili; 2 tbsp onion; 3 tbsp cheese)
Per serving: 408 cals; 13.8g fat (6.6g sat, 4.3g mono, 1.7g poly); 24.5g protein; 47.4g carb; 79g fiber; 765mg sodium

I have made this chili a bunch of times before and it is one of my favorites, so I am pre-reviewing and ranking this while it cooks. I actually doubled this recipe to make sure we had plenty of leftovers. Plus, who doesn't love a recipe that includes pretty much all of my favorite things? Cheese, garlic, chocolate. Four forks.


  1. If it tastes like Skyline Chili, I'm out.

  2. The chili turned out much better than the football team.

    Quarry - I would never challenge your refined taste buds, but if you don't like this chili, you're not right in the head.


  3. Sus: You will love this recipe
    QLF: I repeat: Chocolate+Garlic+Cheese = amazingness.