Cincinnati Style Chili (Skyline) (Gluten-Free)

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

Recipe is from my grandmother. It's all part of a family tradition. Every year on Thanksgiving, our entire extended family gets together at a state park and stay in cabins; usually in West Virginia, Kentucky, or Indiana. Instead of turkey on Thanksgiving day, we all have Cincinnati Chili. Although this recipe calls for ground beef, it can be made with ground turkey instead. If you've ever had Skyline Chili or Goldstar from Cincinnati, this recipe is a little different. It has a kick behind it that Skyline and Goldstar don't have.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine all ingredients in crock pot or large pot.
  2. Cook on low-medium for 2-3 hours. (Can leave in crock pot unattended on low for 6-8 hours).
  3. Remove bay leaves.
  4. Serve on bed of spaghetti topped with cheddar cheese. Optional toppings: beans, onions.
Most Helpful

I'm sorry to say I've never had Skyline chili. DH sent an email from work last week and said he heard someone on the radio talking about Cincinnati Skyline Chili Dip. He had no idea what it was, but wanted to try it. I was already in the middle of planning our Super Bowl party menu, so I searched & found the Skyline Chili Dip recipe (Skyline Chili Dip) and that's when I realized that Skyline was a brand. Not having access to it, I searched for a clone. I chose this recipe because it was noted to be gluten free and I love the story of your traditional Thanksgiving celebrations. From the moment this chili went on the stove, my family was oohing & ahhing over the aroma. I didn't smell it until I went out to the garage & came back in. Pure heaven! I wasn't sure how the sweetness of traditional Cincy chili would go over with my family, but they really did enjoy it. Thanks for sharing your grandmother's recipe, Andrew, it will now be a Super Bowl tradition at my house! :)

**Tinkerbell** February 07, 2011

OMG... My family eats Skyline on Thanksgiving too. Weird. This recipe was super delicious.

ChefJulieS April 11, 2009

OMG... this was awesome. I didn't make any changes. Much better than Skyline or Goldstar.

norajm January 25, 2009