Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 3 hrs

The thing that makes Cincinnatians' recipes different from the way you and I would start cooking the chili is not only the spices, but also the method. They do not start by browning the meat, but by boiling it!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring the water to the boil and add the ground beef. Stir until the beef is separated and add the rest of the ingredients.
  2. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours, or until thickened. Cool, then refrigerate overnight. Skim off any accumulated fat and reheat the chili.
  3. Serves with any or all of the following accompaniments:
  4. 1 way: cooked spaghetti.
  5. 2 way: finely grated cheddar cheese
  6. 3 way: chopped raw onion
  7. 4 way: cooked kidney beans
  8. 5 way: oyster crackers.
Most Helpful

Outstanding flavor; DH unable to wait for it to meld overnight. Very easy to make, too. I used 1 T. cocoa instead of the unsweetened chocolate. Thank you! ETA: I've also made this with lentils (about 3/4 lbs) for meatless meals, and it's still outstanding.

Debbie R. February 05, 2007

I am so glad to have this recipe!!!!! It was great! I did not have beef bouillon so used really needs the beef. Next time I make it I will goose up the spices....may not then be "authentic" but that's ok by me. I thought 1 way was just the chili, 2 way chili on spaghetti, 3 way add cheese 4 way add onions or beans 5 way add onion or beans (whichever you didn't already add. You can check out Skyline Chili Menu at They also use this chili for "Coney Island Hot Dogs" It is a little richer and more complex than traditional Coney Island Chili. THANKS!!!!

Ambervim March 05, 2012

Lived in Cincinnati my whole life - this is ambrosia! I do hit mine with an immersion blender for a few rounds to make it thin - you don't want chunks of meat or onion. I keep a crock pot of this for parties with boiled hot dogs and buns, spaghetti and fixin's or layer it with cream cheese, beans and cheese for an awesome dip. Always popular.

NanciY February 04, 2011