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Skyline Chili

By Todd Wilbur

Score: 3.50. Votes: 4
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  • $0.79

There's no chocolate in it. Or coffee. Or Coca-Cola. The ingredient rumors for Skyline Chili are plentiful on the Internet, but anyone can purchase cans of Skyline chili from the company and find the ingredients listed right on the label: beef, water, tomato paste, dried torula yeast, salt, spices, cornstarch, and natural flavors. You can trust that if chocolate were included in the secret recipe, the label would reflect it—important information for people with a chocolate allergy. All it takes to recreate the unique flavor of Skyline is a special blend of easy-to-find spices plus beef broth and a few other not-so-unusual ingredients. Let the chili simmer for an hour or so, then serve it up on its own or in one of the traditional Cincinnati-style serving suggestions (the "ways" they call 'em) with the chili poured over spaghetti noodles, topped with grated Cheddar cheese and other good stuff: 

     3-Way: Pour chili over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with grated Cheddar cheese. 
     4-Way: Add a couple teaspoons of grated onion before adding the cheese. 
     5-Way: Add cooked red beans over the onions before adding the cheese.

Source: Top Secret Recipes Unlocked by Todd Wilbur.

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  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Two 14.5-ounce cans Swanson beef broth
  • One 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 4 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
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      1. Brown the ground beef in a large saucepan over medium heat. Do not drain. Use a potato masher to mash the ground beef into very small pieces that are about the size of rice.

      2. Dissolve the cornstarch in the water, and then add the solution (slurry) plus the remaining ingredients to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 60 to 75 minutes, or until thick.

      Makes 5 cups.

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Score: 3.50. Votes: 4
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Jan 4, 2014, 23:00

Back to the drawing board. This recipe is not even close. Expected more because I paid for it. : (

Jul 22, 2011, 22:00

I grew up on skyline and goldstar chili as a child. I moved away from the area years ago and experimented with recipes but nothing came close. I found this one a while back and made a few changes (we use low sodium chicken broth and ground turkey). The kids that come over love it so I always keep some in the freezer. In fact if we've got kids over and there is none in the freezer, they'll just make a pot themselves!