Cincinnati Chili 3, 4, or 5 Way

Total Time
2hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs

An Ohio classic, you can have your chili in more than one way.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large pan brown ground beef along with onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic, breaking up meat as it cooks.
  2. Drain any accumulated fat.
  3. Add rest of ingredients to pan, mixing well.
  4. Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Adjust consistency with water as needed.
  6. Serve your chili as follows (items for the 3,4, and 5 way listed in ingredients- others may require items not listed).
  7. 3-Way: chili, spaghetti, and cheese.
  8. 4-Way: a 3-Way plus onions or beans.
  9. 5-Way: spaghetti, chili, onions, beans and cheese.
  10. Chili spaghetti: spaghetti with chili.
  11. Cheese coney: hot dog, bun, mustard, chili, and cheese.
  12. Chili cheese sandwich: a coney minus the hot dog.
  13. Cincinnati burrito: chili beans wrapped in a tortilla, topped with chili, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and black olives.
  14. Cincinnati potato: baked jacket potato topped with chili, diced onions, beans and shredded cheddar cheese.
  15. Chili-cheese fries: french fries topped with chili and shredded cheddar cheese.
  16. Low-carb Coney: 3 small hot dogs (about 1 1/2 regular) in a bowl covered with chili and cheese.
  17. Serve oyster crackers and hot sauce on the side (crackers doused with sauce) or as a topping, if desired.
Most Helpful

4 5

Great recipe to add to our rotation. Served it with spaghetti. Even my toddlers liked this one. Thanks for sharing!

5 5

very hot/sweet chili that is perfect for everyone since you add what you like. i did the full deal, dh had his beanless, dd had hers over a hot dog. this is the perfect recipe for a family with different tastes, like mine. the chile is much darker in color due to the spices and cocoa, which add so much to the complex flavor. outstanding!