Cincinatti Style Chili

READY IN: 3hrs
Recipe by Warren B.

Traditional "Skyline" style chili Don't brown the meat! Boil it. Serve on top of Spaghetti You can add chopped onion and or beans to make 4 way or 5 way chili. Goes great on hot dogs for a traditional "Coney" dog.

Top Review by Just_Gwen

I love this recipe! It is literally my go-to when I want Cincinnati chili. I'm originally from Cleveland Ohio and have been to the original Skyline Restaurant down in Cincinnati; this recipe is as close as it comes! Well without being made from dehydrated beef (sorry!). No this is not your "normal" chili nor is it meant to be. Skyline is it's own unique and vaguely greek-inspired deal. My mom used to make it for us growing up and this recipe beats hers. I think boiling the meat rather than browning it really is the key. I usually make 1/3 the recipe and freeze half for a fast week night meal in a few weeks. We always top ours with cheese, onion and kidney beans for a proper 5-way experience. Five stars and Ohioan-Approved.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, add beef broth and bring to boil. Crumble raw ground beef in to the broth, breaking up the pieces of meat as it starts to cook.
  2. simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While the beef is cooking, run the onion and garlic through a food processor till it is finely chopped.
  4. Add onion, garlic, chile powder, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, cloves cayenne pepper, cocoa or chocolate, salt, pepper, tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar.
  5. Bring back to a simmer and then reduce heat to low, and let simmer, uncovered, approximately 2 hours and the sauce thickens.

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