AMAZING Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Published on October 21, 2014 By Lauren

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    Have you ever tried the AMAZING flavors of a great Cincinnati chili recipe? Wow… this tastes just like what they serve at the Skyline restaurant that made it famous! And for colder weather, this will fit the bill perfectly.

    As you can tell from the picture, yes – this chili is typically served over spaghetti. You can top it with cheese, sour cream, crackers or anything else that sounds good to you.

    And that’s not the only thing that is unconventional about this chili… look at the ingredients –

    • Cocoa powder?
    • Cinnamon?
    • Cloves?
    • Allspice?

    Yup. You just gotta trust me on this… it is SO good. And since pasta is used for this dish, you can easily get 2 batches out of the recipe. I just made this tonight, and we had a little more than half leftover.

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    Cincinnati Chili

    Have you ever tried the AMAZING flavors of Cincinnati-style chili? Wow... this recipe tastes just like the Skyline restaurant that made it famous! You NEED to try this!
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    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 1 hour
    Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Servings: 8
    Author: Lauren Cobello


    • 2 lbs. hamburger or turkey
    • 1 can crushed tomatoes 28 oz
    • 1 can of water 28 oz
    • 2 onions minced
    • 3 cloves of garlic minced or pressed
    • 3 Tbsp chili powder
    • 1 Tbsp salt
    • 1 tsp black pepper
    • 1 tsp ground cumin
    • 1 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/2 tsp ground Allspice
    • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
    • 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
    • 1 1/2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
    • 1 tsp worcestershire sauce


    • Over medium heat, cook ground meat in a large pan with the minced onion until browned. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
    • Drain the meat.
    • In a large sauce pan or stock pot over medium heat, add meat (with the onions and garlic) and mix with all other remaining ingredients.
    • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for an hour, or until you've reached the desired thickness (or if using a slow cooker, cook on high for 4 hours).
    • Serve on pasta and top with shredded cheese, sour cream, oyster crackers etc.

     I have so many other great recipes, so make sure that you check them out here.

    Have you grabbed my freezer meal plans, yet? I might be biased but I think they are pretty amazing! They have saved our dinner hour for years now. Check them out!

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  • This is by far the best recipe for r Cincinnati chilli ever !! We live here in greater Cincinnati, and it has gotten so very pricy to eat at Skyline or gold star…I have printed this out and definitely will use again and again !
    Thank you. .
    P Jenkins – Murphy

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