I’ve been making a lot of pasta lately, I can’t help it. I always crave mountains of starchy food in the winter. If I could hibernate inside a mountain of noodles for four months, I would.
I was told this dish tastes like “holiday meat,” whatever that means. It’s basically like a bolognese with really odd spicing. I guess ginger, clove and cinnamon reminds some people of ham, which makes sense. According to Fieri, this is suppose to be his take on Cincinnati chili, which explains the seasoning. I thought Fieri’s spice measurements were a bit too much (my mouth was on fire from the ginger), so I dialed it down in my version.
If you don’t want to use a fake meat, tempeh steamed for 15 minutes and then crumbled would be a fantastic substitution!
This is most definitely my favorite Guy Fieri recipe. Not because it tastes amazing (although it’s pretty yummy for a standard chili recipe), but because it’s a chili based on the movie Grown Ups 2. I’m pretty sure Guy Fieri and whatever garbage Adam Sandler is currently slinging are the perfect match, and Fieri’s recipe is ridiculous. There’s a bunch of meat and beer in it and you’re suppose to serve it over french fries. Also I’m pretty sure that sentence describes every Guy Fieri recipe ever.
However, this chili is good! Probably not a great summer recipe, though. I had a big ol’ pot of simmering chili on the stove in 90 degree heat and it made the apartment feel horrible, but smell delicious. I didn’t make my own french fries, but instead served mine over frozen waffle fries that I heated up in the over. Bro vegan!
Recipe and more photos under the cut: