Thursday, June 7, 2012

Cincinnati Chili - My Way

Have you tried Cincinnati Chili?

Cincinnati-style chili is quite different from it’s Texas cousin. The people of Cincinnati enjoy their chili over pasta and topped with a pile of shredded cheddar cheese, onions and/or beans. Some recipes also include cocoa which is seen in a lot of mexican mole sauces. If you love Greek flavors, you will love this chili! It freezes beautifully and is also great on hot dogs. Simmer in a Dutch Oven for one hour (or more) while you get all the fixin’s ready.

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 cold water
  • 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 bay leaf
Cooking Directions:

In a 3 or 4 quart pot, add cold water.  Break up ground beef in the water and bring to a boil.  Remove any scum that rises to the surface.
  Add remaining ingredients and simmer, uncovered for 1 hour.  Remove bay leaf and skim off any extra fat.  You can also refrigerate this overnight to easily remove extra fat.   Serve over 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.

    1. Anonymous how do you boil the ground beef. Interested? I used to live in Cincinnati Blue Ash and I loved the chili and miss it. Interested in coming as close to the recipe as I can. Please share how you boil the beef.

    2. I revised the recipe as per a fellow Cincinnatian! Just add the beef to cold water and bring to a boil!


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