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Former Longhorn Malik Jefferson is learning Cincinnati and the playbook, and now he’s ready to try the chili

Posted May 17th, 2018


“It’s like a mole sauce with ground beef,” is how I describe to Texans one of the greatest dishes a person can eat in the world: Cincinnati-style chili.

It has a sweet flavor from the chocolate, All Spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. But with a bite of chili powder, cumin and some cayenne pepper, the chili has a spice — not heat — but a spice to it. It’s unlike any chili you get in Texas.

A three-way and a coney dog from Skyline Chili. (Joe Harrington/ American-Statesman)

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Malik Jefferson, who says he prefers green chili, is reportedly ready to try it. (Hopefully someone takes him to one of the many Skyline Chili locations, just saying.)


Jefferson spoke about his draft day experience to SB Nation Bengals site and spoke about giving the chili a try.

“I was grateful the Bengals gave me an opportunity to be part of the organization,” Jefferson said of finally getting the call. “It was a relief and excitement. I had met with the team at the combine and my pro day but it actually surprised me when I saw the Cincinnati area code.”

Maybe he was surprised with how similar the area codes are to Austin (Cincinnati is 513, Austin 512), but the rookie linebacker, who was taken in the third round of the NFL Draft last month, appears ready to help a defense that ranked No. 15 in the league in 2017. The Bengals could be missing a key piece next season with Vontez Burfict’s pending suspension, possibly putting the stout linebacker on the sideline. Jefferson could see action early.

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“Now, I’m just ready to get out there, learn the playbook and get to know the new guys so we can come here and make a change,” Jefferson told the website.

So far Jefferson is known more in Cincinnati for being the pizza pick. Jefferson was the 14th pick of the third round– 3.14 (pie)– he was awarded one free pizza, once a week, for a year from Pizza Hut  and shared some with the locals a few days later. 

As far as Cincinnati food is concerned, Jefferson can’t go wrong with any of the chili options in the Queen City.  If he doesn’t like the chili, he wouldn’t be the only Bengal. 

George Iloka, a starting safety for the last several years for the Bengals, has never softened his stance toward the most famous Cincinnati dish.

If Jefferson wanted to try barbecue, another Texas culinary staple, he can’t go wrong with Montgomery Inn, which has a sauce that coats its world famous ribs that frankly that matches the beautiful view of the Ohio River at the downtown location.

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