But I had a a "copy cat" recipe (see examples here or here) for Skyline chili passed on to me over the weekend, and I decided to give it a try. It's a meat-heavy based chili. Not a lot in there in terms of vegetables, so it's very different from my own chili recipe. But it's a real interesting chili. I think that it can be used more as a sauce or a topping, but it tasted pretty damned good in the bowl itself as well. It's also a really easy recipe that is requires very little prep work, and it cooks up much faster than other chili's I've made in the past. So here goes:
Copycat Skyline Chili
- 2 lbs lean ground beef - I used 93/7
- 1 large yellow onion - diced
- 2 cans (15 oz) tomato sauce - I used Hunts
- 1 cup beef broth
- 2 cloves garlic - crushed and diced fine
- 3 tbsp chili powder
- 1 pinch (about 1/2 tsp) cinnamon powder
- 1 pinch red cayenne pepper powder
- Salt and pepper to taste - you won't need much salt
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 tbsp white vinegar
- Add the rest of the ingredients (tomato sauce, broth, garlic, chili powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, Worcestershire and vinegar) and bring to a quick boil. Reduce heat to low and saute uncovered for an hour and a half.
That's it. Easy peasy you know the drill. It really couldn't be easier. We served it over some rice with some shredded sharp cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and some home-made guacamole. The cinnamon, vinegar and Worcestershire lent it a truly unique flavor. I've never tasted a chili that tasted quite like this.
I don't think it quite surpassed my own personal chili recipe, but it was damned tasty. And Gia loved it, and that's what matters the most.