Cincinnati Chili

January 30, 2012
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  • Serves 4
Author Notes

Rather than being hot or spicy like most chilis, Cincinnati chili has a spicy sweetness to it. The secret ingredients? Cocoa powder and ground cinnamon.

Aside from its difference in flavor, Cincinnati chili is also different in the way that it is eaten. It can be eaten as a 3-way, a 4-way, or a 5-way.

3-Ways: Spaghetti + chili + cheese
4-Ways: Spaghetti + chili + cheese + onions or beans
5-Ways: Spaghetti + chili + cheese + onions + beans

What You'll Need
  • For the Chili
  • 4 cups water
  • 6 ounces tomato sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Up to 1/2 teaspoon dried pepper flakes, to taste
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • For Serving
  • 12 ounces spaghetti
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups beans, soaked and cooked
  1. Combine the first 11 ingredients (through dried pepper flakes) in a large stockpot. Crumble in the ground beef.
  2. Cover the pot and cook over high heat, bringing the mixture to a boil. Uncover and reduce to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the chili is the consistency you want.
  3. While the chili cooks, prepare the rest of your toppings…cook the pasta according to package directions and shred the cheese. Heat the beans in a medium-sized skillet until warmed through. Heat the chopped onions in a small skillet over low heat until softened, about 12-15 minutes.
  4. To assemble: Fill the bottom of your plate or bowl with pasta. Top with chili, followed by cheese. Finish with onions and beans, if eating a 4- or 5-way dish. Enjoy!
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[email protected] March 1, 2014
Julie I tried your chili and it is the closest to Skyline chili I have made. Spot on and a great recipe! Thanks Don
SavvyJulie March 3, 2014
Thanks so much, Don!
arielleclementine January 31, 2012
i've always wanted to try cincinnati chili! thanks for posting this delicious looking recipe!
creamtea January 30, 2012
Midge January 30, 2012
So happy to see a recipe for my favorite kind of chili!