Cincinnati chili has a unique blend of Mediterranean spices, and can be served on it’s own, as a meat sauce over spaghetti, or with the additions of cheese, onions and beans (aka two-way, three-way, four-way, and five-way!)
Try to use bittersweet chocolate that’s at least 70% cacao. Some bittersweet chocolate is as low as 60% cacao, which is closer to semi-sweet chocolate and could result in a sweeter chili. Adding the cocoa powder at the end will offset any sweetness and add richness. Start with 1 teaspoon, taste, and then add the second teaspoon if needed. Alternately, you can omit the bittersweet chocolate entirely, and instead add 2 teaspoons cocoa powder + 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar.
Adapted from More Best Recipes
by America’s Test Kitchen