The Midwest has its own flair to topping off their bratwurst. This year for National Bratwurst Day, we will be enjoying Cincinnati-Style Chili Cheese Bratwurst using Johnsonville Bratwurst!
I am not originally from Cincinnati, but I guess you can go ahead and call me a “Cincinnatian” at this point. I’ve been here for 18 years, which is half of my life. So, I guess it’s time for me to claim my new hometown. Being a Cincinnatian comes with indulging in certain local delicacies such as Graders Ice Cream and Cincinnati-Style Chili, which is pretty different from your standard chili.
What’s in Cincinnati Chili
The first time I had Cincinnati Style Chili was in college as a student at the University of Cincinnati. I immediately noticed that it was unlike any chili I had ever tasted. I couldn’t put my finger on flavors but I knew it was different, right away. I love 3-Way Cincinnati Chili. It’s about the finely shredded cheese for me and the oyster crackers for the crunch doesn’t hurt. Anyway, back to the chili, the secret I figured out in Cincinnati Chili was cinnamon and chocolate! Yes child, chocolate! I was definitely a skeptic at first, but when I made it on my own, I couldn’t believe the depth of flavor that adding chocolate provided to chili!