It’s not uncommon, during the month of March, to see cool and rainy weather arriving at my adobe located in southwest Missouri. In my mind, that’s always been a perfect opportunity to cook up a hot steaming batch of chili!
Cincinnati Chili – A good bowl of red slathered over a pile of pasta, which is then sprinkled with shredded cheese and topped with some chopped onion… Well, it’s one heck of a way to enjoy a hot lunch while watching the rain fall outside. It’s also known as Cincinnati chili. And, while I written numerous articles on how to make Cincinnati Chili , I never seem to get over the urge to pontificate about it in an endless and possibly mindless fashion.
I’ve made this meal, so many times in fact, that the preparation is really a snap in under 16 minutes including cooking up a pile of spaghetti to serve as a base. Most of the time, I just throw the ingredients; a can of diced petite tomatoes, a can of kidney beans, one pound of browned ground beef and a packet of Williams Chili mix, into a small two quart Crock pot. Then, I switch the unit to high, cover it and wander off to do other stuff before coming back to my kitchen along about lunch time. At that point in time, I’ll cook up a batch of spaghetti (~11 minutes), drain it and throw it on a plate before adding the chili and toppings. Wham bam thank you ma’am, I’m done really to sit down to chow!
On this occasion, I also had a small sample of a hot sauce called ‘Spontaneous Combustion‘ that I added to a serving just to see what was with it. Coming in at somewhere about 250,000 Scoville Heat Units, this is not a sauce to be taken lightly. So saying, I placed a drop or two on the chili right prior to throwing it on the noodles.
Just how hot is it? Here’s a review that was posted on Amazon by someone named Safari Man – ‘Okay. I gave this 5 stars not because it the best tasting stuff, but because of it’s hotness. I know there are hotter peppers in the world these days, but this stuff is hot enough for most. Most pepper sauces I like the flavor of are just not hot enough anymore and so I use them in combination with this stuff to boost up the hotness. I also like to keep a bottle of this stuff around to humble punks with too much pride. Like this little punk that was dating my teenage niece and was disrespectfully smooching with her on my couch. Knowing that he was prideful punk and would take any challenge, I told him that I did not think he could handle a single drop of SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION. He took the bait and against my urging him not to, he took a whole tablespoon full. It reduced him the puny shriveling excuse for a human he was and he began to cry like a little baby. My niece dumped the guy the next day. There is more then one good use for a bottle of extremely hot hot sauce. LOL! I will never be without a back up bottle from now on.’
So, perhaps you might want to give this meal-a-deal a try! Bon a petite!