Hot dish on a cold day

January 23, 2007|by ZACH TUSSING

I really like to eat, so that's why I like to cook. A few years ago, I started to experiment with my own recipe for one of my favorite foods: chili. I really like pasta, so that's why I added spaghetti sauce and noodles to my creation. Also, my grandparents live in Cincinnati, where they have restaurants called Skyline Chili. They say that their secret ingredient is cinnamon, so that's why I added that spice. I usually change a few things every time I make it, but this is my basic recipe. Enjoy!

Not Ex-Zach-ly Chili

1 pound ground beef or ground turkey
1/2 tablespoon minced onion
1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (1.6-ounce) packet of taco seasoning
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 (10-ounce) jar of spaghetti sauce
1 (29-ounce) can of diced tomatoes
1 (29-ounce) can of kidney beans
1 (12-ounce) package of spaghetti noodles
1 package of shredded cheddar cheese

In a skillet, brown the meat with the onion and garlic. Then drain the grease and add the taco seasoning mix (I like Taco Bell the best) and water according to the directions on the package.


In a large pot, add the spaghetti sauce, tomatoes, beans and the meat mixture. Heat over medium heat and add the cinnamon and chili powder and continue cooking.

Then in another pot cook the spaghetti noodles. Drain the water, butter the noodles, then add the noodles to the chili mixture.

Serve in bowls with a quarter-cup of shredded cheddar cheese on top. You'll probably need a fork to eat this with, that's why its not exactly chili.

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