Cincinnati Five-Way Chili

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by ratherbeswimmin

Created in 1922 by a northern Greek immigrant who wanted to put some of the Old Country spices into chili. This chili can be eaten several ways. One-way chili: spiced chili alone. Two-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti. Three-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese. Four-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese and chopped onion. Five-way chili: chili on top of spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese, chopped onion, and beans.

Top Review by sulu2250

We liked this. Made it to the recipe apart from a bit less cinnamon and cloves which I thought would be too strong for us. Served it over rice with the onion and cheese. Served with plain yogurt and corn chips on the side.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a small bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients; set aside.
  2. In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
  3. Add in ground beef; cook until meat is browned, breaking up into small crumbles with a wooden spoon.
  4. When the beef is browned, add in onion, garlic, spice mix; stir/saute 1 minute.
  5. Add in tomato sauce, water, BBQ sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, vinegar, chocolate, and bay leaves.
  6. Bring mixture to a simmer, stirring occasionally.
  7. Simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour (it should look more like a thick sauce than the chili most people are used to).
  8. Remove bay leaves.
  9. To serve five-way: distribute spaghetti among 8 bowls; spoon chili over spaghetti.
  10. Top chili with cheddar cheese, onion, and kidney beans.

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