My all-time favorite chili with you, Cincinnati Chili. I grew up on this chili and this recipe for me was pretty darn close to the real stuff. Serve it with oyster crackers or put it on top of spaghetti for the true Cincinnati experience.
I was born in Cincinnati and grew up just outside of the city. Every time I go back to visit my family, I still get myself a chili dog or 3-way at Skyline. I'm not going to claim this to be the same recipe they use at the restaurants this is just my version and from a Cincy girl raised on this stuff, I think it was pretty darn close in taste and in my option the best way to make it from home!
The secret to really great Cincinnati Chili is cinnamon and cocoa. You also got to make your chili and meat extra ground up and thin. You don't need a special type of beef just work it well with a spatula until your beef is really broken down. My dad likes to call Cincinnati style chili meat soup because it's a lot thinner than regular chili. There are a few different ways you can eat this chili. In a bowl of course alone but the Cincinnati way is on top of hot dogs or spaghetti and topped with diced onions and lots and lots of cheese.
What is Cincinnati Chili:
Cincinnati chili is found in Cincinnati Chili and surrounding areas. You can get it from Goldstar or Skyline. Both Cincinnati Chili but with a slightly different taste. It's a Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce that is usually topped on hot dogs or spaghetti. It's traditionally not served with beans unless you order a 5-way which is 1. spaghetti 2. chili 3. cheese 4. onion 5. beans but as someone who has lived most of their life in Cincinnati, I have NEVER had this with beans. To me it isn't the same.
- Ground Beef
- Onion (chopped)
- Minced Garlic
- Chili Powder
- Ground Cinnamon
- Ground All Spice
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- Tomato Sauce
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Optional to serve with: Cooked Spaghetti or hot dogs
- Topping: Shredded Cheddar Cheese
How to make Cincinnati Chili:
Step one: Sauté your onions in a large pan.
Step two: Add beef and garlic and cook until beef is almost fully cooked. Add seasonings and mix together.
Step three: Next add in tomato sauce, cider vinegar, and water.
Step four: Reduce heat to low and let the chili simmer for an hour or two.
Step five: Place chili on top of spaghetti or hot dog and top with shredded cheese.
Here are a few more of my favorite chili recipes that I think you will love also!
No Bean Chili: This is more of the commonly know chili taste but with no beans. So if you want a hearty chili without the beans you have to try this one out.
Taco Chili: This one is a favorite of mine. My taco soup is my favorite soup so I wanted to play on that to make a chili recipe, perfect for winter!
Slow Cooker Turkey Chili: This one is a readers favorite and has great reviews. If you want a new basic chili recipe check it out.
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- 1 Onion (chopped)
- 1 pound Ground beef
- 1 tablespoon Minced garlic
- 1 tablespoon Chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon Ground all spice
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 1 ½ teaspoon Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 15 oz Tomato sauce
- 1 tablespoon Cider vinegar
- ¾ cup Water
- Optional: Cooked spaghetti or hot dogs and shredded cheese
- Sauté your onions for 2-3 minutes on medium-high in a large pan. Add beef and garlic and cook until beef is almost fully cooked. Drain fat as needed. Add chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, salt, unsweetened cocoa powder, and mix together. Add tomato sauce, cider vinegar, and water.
- Reduce heat to low and let the chili simmer for 1-2 hours.
- Place chili on top of spaghetti or hot dog and the with shredded cheese.