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    Cincinnati Chili

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    3 hrs 15 mins

    15 mins

    3 hrs

    KelBel's Note:

    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!

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    1. 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. 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. 3
      Serves with any or all of the following accompaniments:
    4. 4
      1 way: cooked spaghetti.
    5. 5
      2 way: finely grated cheddar cheese
    6. 6
      3 way: chopped raw onion
    7. 7
      4 way: cooked kidney beans
    8. 8
      5 way: oyster crackers.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 05, 2007


      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.

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    • on March 05, 2012


      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!!!!

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    • on February 04, 2011

      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.

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    Nutritional Facts for Cincinnati Chili

    Serving Size: 1 (332 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 8

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 316.5
    Calories from Fat 192
    Total Fat 21.3 g
    Saturated Fat 8.5 g
    Cholesterol 78.3 mg
    Sodium 997.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 10.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 3.7 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 22.0 g

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