Jeni Britton Bauer adds richness to this wonderful chili with a surprise ingredient: dark chocolate ice cream. She loves serving the chili over spaghetti because it has a great sauce-like consistency. Slideshow: More Chili Recipes
In a large saucepan, heat the oil. Add the ground beef and cook over moderately high heat, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 8 minutes. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the chile powder, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant, about 2 minutes.
Stir the water, tomato puree and diced tomatoes into the beef and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderately low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the ice cream and cook until hot, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chili in bowls over spaghetti, passing shredded Monterey Jack and thinly sliced scallions at the table.
The chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.
Peppery, berry-rich Zinfandel.