Friday, December 17, 2010

Vegan Cincinnati Chili Mac 5/5 Spoons


I'm back. Two days without me, how do you live? I'm sure you make do.

So I don't have a picture for this and usually I won't cook a recipe unless there is a picture attached. This is such a basic and hearty meal, I assumed it would all turn out okay. It totally did. More than okay really.

Ah, what the heck, here is a random pic of Cincinnati Chili Mac. This is one that probably look the most like the recipe I used except mine was much more vegetable based of course.

(Photo courtesy of Rock & Roll Cafe)

I really don't know much about Cinicinnati Chili Mac or why it is different than regular chili mac from the Midwest... but it was ridiculously delicous. It was hearty and filling served with spaghetti and you can really taste the spice and warmth from the cinnamon and green chilies. I used 1 1/2 t. of chili powder, you could definitely bump it up to 2 t. and make it even smokier. I added cheese to mine making it decidedly not vegan BUT this meal is vegan to begin with so add what you wish! Tofutti Sour Supreme, green onions or Daiya Cheddar would all make this kick ass and cruelty free.

Oh and PS - I added a bag of Morningstar Farms Veggie Crumbles, I think it was a perfect addition.

I give this recipe:

5/5 spoons!

Not sure what is coming up next... I may try to veganize Ina Garten's Fleur De Sel Caramels recipe. I like a challenge and my lovely friend Kris Anne has now motivated me to try it out. See you this weekend my loveys!


  1. oh, this looks like a tasty recipe. i've never heard the term "chili mac" though--what makes it different from standard chili??

  2. I don't know exactly Kris Anne. I know there are other chili recipes that are made with cinnamon and cocoa, etc. so that wouldn't be a huge difference. I'm not sure why Cincinnati Chili Mac is always served with spaghetti instead of macaroni (as the name suggests). I found this link about the history of Chili Mac (kind of):

    It seems like this mix of "meat", veggies and spices in a tomato based sauce can be called a lot of things. I even found a phrase that I had never heard of before. American chop suey. I like the sound of that. Here is a Wikipedia link to that description:

    So really, I have no idea, haha. Add noodles and now it is chili mac I guess?

    I dumped my leftovers over challah bread the next day and re-heated it and it was amazing. So whatever this is, it is delicious. Fuck names!