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Skyline chili Recipe! Use your mortar and pestle so I know its real

In my quest to make homemade skyline chili, I couldn’t find ground cloves for under $8.  I am way to cheap to pay that for one spice, so I got the whole cloves for $3 and bust out my mortar and pestle.  Turns out I only needed 1/8 of a freaking teaspoon, lol!  I had a great time making this recipe.  It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

side note: My big bro came over and totally shamed me out of buying the frozen kind if I was having guests over.  This whole being a food blogger thing holds me to a higher standard and all (Does it now?!).  Either way, I accepted the challenge and it turned out amazing! Give it a try!



  • 1 lbs ground beef
  • 1 cups chopped onion or a healthy shake of onion powder
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp cocoa
  • 1 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  •  1 bay leaf


  • Brown ground beef and onion; then drain.  Put meat in chopper and grind.  (This is optional, if you want it to be just like skyline chili).
  • Add beef stock and simmer for approximately 15 minutes.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients and allow chili to simmer, uncovered for 2 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaf

I served this with hot dogs covered in shredded cheese, spaghetti, tater tots and baked potatoes.  Typically we’d eat it as a 3-way, with spaghetti, chili and a ton of shredded cheese.  I’m not going to lie, I feel all types of accomplished for having made this chili myself!


I started with this recipe and altered it slightly, must give credit where credit is due: thezonemag.wordpress.com Thanks hon!

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