The Perfect Recipe for Entertaining in Your Condo

Posted in Good Eats
by Amber on March 8, 2011

When I was recently at Park City Mountain Resort, I invited some dear friends to join us at our condo for dinner. As I scrounged around for food to serve, I ascertained that our supply of *Pop-Tarts® wouldn’t cut it so we ordered pizza.

*Don’t judge me. Pop-Tarts are our vacation indulgence.

I resolved the next time I entertain people on a ski trip, I would up the ante with one of my favorite recipes—Cincinnati Chili. The combination of cocoa, cinnamon and cloves results in a chili that is both delicious and unique, and the numerous add-ons makes for a perfect mountain meal.

Note: The key would be to prepare it before your trip and freeze it in double-Ziploc bags so all you need to do is heat it over the stove. Or if you are flying and plan to buy groceries in Park City, premix the dry spices and bring in a bag.

cincinatti-chili (cincinatti-chili)Cincinnati Chili

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
1 medium onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbsp. chili powder
1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. EACH dry mustard, cumin, paprika and salt
1/2 tsp. EACH cayenne pepper and black pepper
1/4 tsp. EACH allspice, cardamom, cinnamon and cloves
1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
1 cup water

Cook ground beef, onions and garlic in a large pan or Dutch oven over medium high heat until meat loses red color. Pour off drippings. Stir in remaining ingredients. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered 1 - 1 1/2 hours. Serve over cooked vermicelli or thin spaghetti noodles. You can easily serve eight to ten people.

Set up a buffet with the following options to add on:

  • Finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • Pinto and/or kidney beans
  • Finely chopped onion
  • Oyster crackers
  • Frank's Red Hot

A recipe like this sure beats entertaining with Pop-Tarts any day.


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