Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cincinnati Chili - My Way

Have you tried Cincinnati Chili?  Warm spices and unexpected garnishes makes this chili unique.  Served over spaghetti, those in the know can order their chili without a second thought, but for us newbies, here's a quick guide to the five ways of Cincinnati chili.  The chili is almost never served on its own (one-way).  Just don't forget the crackers!

TWO-WAY CHILI - Served over spaghetti
THREE-WAY CHILI - Served over spaghetti and topped with cheese
FOUR-WAY CHILI - Served over spaghetti and topped with onions and cheese
FIVE-WAY CHILI - Served over spaghetti and topped with onions, beans and cheese

Cincinnati Chili
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 2 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
  • 2-3 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 ounce grated unsweetened chocolate or 2-3/4 Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
Cooking Directions:

Heat oil in Dutch oven over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook onions until soft and browned around the edges, about 8 minutes.  Add beef and cook until no longer pink.  Drain any grease from the beef.  Add beef stock and simmer 10 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered for 1 hour.  Remove bay leaf and skim off any extra fat.  Serve of hot spaghetti, or on hot dogs.

Top with plenty of cheese, chopped onions and kidney beans.  Have it your way!

Chili can be refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 2 months.  This chili is fantastic on hot dogs!
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~Adapted from Cook's Country 



  1. Sounds like fun! I'll have mine 5-Way please:@)

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  3. What kind of beans would you top it with traditionally?

    1. Traditionally this is topped with kidney beans. I'm sure it's good with any of your favorite beans.

  4. Hey Patti! Congratulations girlfriend - you are a featured recipe over at Weekend Potluck today. This chili looks amazing! Thank you for sharing. If you'd like, you can come on over and grab a "featured" button. Hope you have a great weekend!

  5. I live in the Cincinnati area, chili is like a drug, about every 2 wks you have to hit the chili parlour for a fix, my favorite is Skyline. Nothing like it.

  6. Love Skyline - your recipe is different than mine though :( Way different - is this one supposed to be like Goldstar?

  7. Hi there live in Cincinnati too, I use a skyline spice packet, don't know what all is in it...but interesting difference we don't brown the beef first, we actually add it into the water and bring it to a boil, gives it a fine texture.


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