Recipe Source: Jean Kressy, “Relish the American Table,” February 19, 2006 (relishmag.com)
3/4 pound ground lean beef
1 cup diced onion
1 garlic clove, pressed
1 (15-ounce) can lower-sodium tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups water
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper, or to taste
1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar
6 ounces uncooked spaghetti, cooked according to package directions (3 cups cooked)
1 (15-ounce) can red kidney beans, heated
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
Crumble beef into a large nonstick skillet and cook over medium-high heat. Add diced onion; cook, mixing with a large spoon to break up meat, until beef is browned. Add garlic, tomato sauce, water, cocoa, chili powder, salt, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, red pepper and vinegar. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and simmer slowly, uncovered, 1 hour.
Stir occasionally and add more water as necessary to make consistency of a meat sauce.
Spoon sauce over cooked spaghetti, top with beans, onion and cheese. Serve with oyster crackers.