The basic recipe for Cincinnati chili is much like others containing beef, onions, and chili powder, but that’s where the similarity ends. Cinnamon and a variety of spices such as cloves, ginger, and allspice are also added to make this very unique chili. You order the chili by which "way" you like it—2-Way is chili over spaghetti, 3-Way with cheese added, 4-Way adds onions, and 5-Way is the works: spaghetti, chili, beans, onions, and cheese. No matter what "Way" you order the chile, it’s always served with oyster crackers.
This sauce, similar to that served at the worldrenowned Antoine's restaurant in the French Quarter of New Orleans, represents the essence of Creole cookery. It is wonderful when served over chicken, shrimp, or rice dishes.
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