Total Time
4hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 4 hrs

Have your chili 3,4, or 5 ways, Cincinnati style. This is also great on hot dogs, smothered with shredded cheese.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown ground beef, onions, and celery in a large skillet, drain off all fat.
  2. Place ingredients for the crock pot into the slow-cooker and stir well.
  3. Cover crock pot and cook for 7-9 hours on low, or 3 1/2-4 1/2 hours on high, stirring during last part of cooking if using high setting.
  4. Cook spaghetti 1/2 hour before chili is done.
  5. To have chili 3-ways, serve it with spaghetti, chili and cheese.
  6. To have chili 4-ways, serve it with spaghetti, chili, onion, and cheese.
  7. To have spaghetti 5-ways, serve it with spaghetti, chili, beans, onion, and cheese.
  8. Douse your chili liberally with hot sauce, if desired.
Most Helpful

Where is the chocolate? Cincinnati Chile MUST have chocolate in to truly be the real thing.

Wanda-R November 02, 2002

This recipe was a real winner in our house. I did add a bit of cocoa powder, and used chicken broth in place of the water, and it turned out delicious, with real depth of flavor. Thanks for posting!

bricookie55 October 05, 2009

My husband and I loved this! We had it "5 way" for dinner last night, and we both took it to work for lunch today. It reheated beautifully. We left out the paprika due to an allergy and added a couple of squares of chopped chocolate. Our crockpot seems to get too hot even on low, but this cooked on low for 6 hours and was perfect. It reminded us of Hard Times Cafe, too. Since we only get there once a year or less when we visit friends 4 hours away, that is a real bonus!

AWinPA February 11, 2007