Why vegan skyline chili? I don't know if it's all the moving around my husband and I have done for the past 16 years or that this is the last year of my 30's, but I've been feeling very nostalgic lately; movies, music, amusement parks and food. I am aware amusement parks is a random throw in...I'm an adult kid when it comes to rollercoasters. Love them!\r\n\r\nI grew up in Ohio and remember visiting Cincinnati back when Skyline Chili wasn't a canned food or frozen box in your local grocery store. It throws me for a loop every time I see it in an aisle.\r\nIt's Been At Least 16 Years Since I've Eaten Skyline Chili\r\nAnd now I'm a Vegan! To be fair, I have been Vegan for over 7 years now but that doesn't mean that nostalgic taste of a Skyline Coney or the smell of the chili leaves my senses.\r\n\r\nWhy haven't I tried to make it before? I have no idea... but maybe it's the nostalgia that's been playing with my mind lately making me want to now.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe History Of Skyline Chili\r\nWhen searching for an ingredients list that I could replicate but in a vegan way, there was no ingredients list to be found from Skyline Chili. It's a secret recipe. What I did find was a story...\r\n\r\nTo summarize, Cincinnati Chili originated with immigrants from Greece in 1922. Two brothers, Tom and John Kiradjieff, began serving a stew they called, "spaghetti chili." It was made with traditional Mediterranean spices and served in their hot dog stand called Empress. After customer feedback, the chili, which was once cooked with the spaghetti, was changed to be more of a sauce to top the spaghetti and hot dogs. Grated cheese was later added.\r\n\r\nThe "Way" system was also originated by these 2 brothers, Tom and John, to make ordering more efficient. From what I gather the secret recipe stayed a secret but amongst the restaurant Empress and everyone who created a business out of their original recipe thereafter.\r\n\r\nIn 1949, a former employee of Empress, Nicholas Lambrinides, started Skyline Chili. He was 70 years old. Many other Cincinnati Chili type restaurants came from Empress, including Gold Star Chili.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHow Did I Create My Recipe\r\nAfter reading the labels on the canned Skyline Chili, the frozen boxes, the Skyline website, other peoples versions of the recipe and Wikipedia, I found that I was going to have to combine and edit all of these ingredients.\r\n\r\nFor instance, homemade versions of Skyline Chili tends to be soupier, have cocoa in it and no paprika.\r\n\r\nAs we all know, who have actually been to Skyline Chili, their chili is NOT soupy--like I mentioned earlier--it's more of a topping. Cocoa was never in put in the original recipe. And paprika is on the ingredients list from the canned\/frozen product.\r\n\r\nPlease people, do not call it Skyline Chili if you really aren't doing it at least semi-right....\r\n\r\n\n\n\tVegan Skyline Chili\n\t\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\t\t\n\t\n\t\t1 bag Gardein Beefless Ground (or approx 3 1\/4- 3 1\/2 cups of a meatless ground)1 cup onion, diced (about 1\/2 a large onion)1 1\/2 cup vegetable stock16 oz tomato sauce, canned1 tbsp apple cider vinegar1 tsp vegan worcestershire1 large garlic clove, finely chopped2 tbsp chili powder1\/2 tsp cinnamon, ground1\/2 tsp cumin, ground1\/2 tsp salt1\/2 tsp red pepper flakes1\/2 tsp paprika, ground1\/8 tsp all spice, ground1\/8 tsp cloves, ground1 bay leaf\t\n\t\n\t\tIn a soup pot, over medium\/high heat, add ALL of the ingredients! ...except for the bay leafStir Well. Once the chili starts to boil stir again then turn temperature down to low. Now add the bay leaf to the top and push in. If you stir it in right away, you risk the leaf breaking since it's dry. Cover with a lid.Chili will be simmering for a total of 60 minutes. Set timer & stir at 30 minutes. Keep an eye on it, stirring more often the last 15 minutes of cooking time. Skyline Chili is NOT meant to be soupy. It should have a little liquid left at the end of cooking but be more of a topping. If it is looking really soupy, leave uncovered the last 10 minutes & continue to stir. Turn off heat & allow to cool. >Scoop out the bay leaf and discard<\t\n\t\n\t\t:: For the BEST tasting Skyline Chili, allow to cool, refrigerate overnight & warm up the next day. This allows the flavors to continue to marry.\u00a0\n\t\n\t\n\t\t\t\n\n\r\n\r\n \r\nWhich Way Do You 'Way' It?\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \t2 Way : Spaghetti topped with Chili\r\n \t3 Way : Spaghetti topped with Chili & Grated Cheese\r\n \t4 Way : Spaghetti topped with Chili, Onions & Grated Cheese\r\n \t5 Way : Spaghetti topped with Beans, Chili, Onions & Grated Cheese\r\n\r\nOR\r\n\r\n \tCheese Coney : Hot Dog topped with Mustard, Chili, Onions & Grated Cheese\r\n\r\nTips \r\n\r\n \tDice extra onions for topping when prepping ingredients for Chili\r\n \tTraditionally, oyster crackers are added to the top of the spaghetti (see pic above)\r\n \tThe BEST grated cheese we have used is from the Daiya Medium Cheddar Block. When grated, this Vegan Cheese has been the most like the fluffy grated Skyline Chili we remember loving.\r\n \tIf making a Coney, place your hot dog in bun then microwave for 20 seconds. The bun becomes much softer to eat. Add toppings after.\r\n \tAnd the MOST IMPORTANT tip to remember is Skyline Chili Spaghetti is eaten by Cutting It! There will be none of that wrapping your spaghetti around the fork.\r\n\r\nI have had omni & vegan reviews from those that KNOW Skyline. I'm told this is LEGIT. I agree!\r\n-Jen\r\n\r\nDid you enjoy this recipe? Sign up for our Email Newsletter so you don't miss out on more great Vegan Recipes! We send an email out ONLY once or twice a month so you get only the BEST stuff!