17 Reviews

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

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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!

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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!

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AWinPA February 11, 2007

Needed a bit of tweaking like others have stated to make what I consider Cincinnati style chili. Taste is subjective of course but it was a bit bland to me and needed some extras. I added 1 tbsp of cocoa powder and 1/2 a bar of unsweetened bakers chocolate. I also added an extra tbsp of chili powder + 1 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce and 1/2 tbsp of brown sugar. I omitted the cans of diced tomatoes and kept it with simply tomato sauce, tomato paste and vinegar + water.

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Tony B. July 03, 2016

I was looking for a crock pot recipe for Cincinnati Chili and this one did not disappoint!

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anozira86 November 06, 2012

Wow! My hubby and I loved, loved, loved this recipe. As others suggested, I added a TBSP each of cocoa powder and Worcestershire sauce. I cut the cayenne and red pepper flakes in half, to 1/4 tsp each, added a 15 oz. can of tomato sauce and omitted the water. Cooked it on low for 8 hours. Boy, was it good!

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Loves2Cook! August 01, 2010

Missing a few ingredients to be considered authentic Cincinnati style chili. My girlfriend worked for Skyline Chili for a few years. Add Nutmeg, Cocoa, Worcestershire Sauce. Needs some taken out too.Take out Oregano, Thyme, Basil....not to mention the diced tomatoes and tomato sauce (these two give it a tart flavor it shouldn't have). It should have been tomato paste instead with plain water. For a regular chili recipe it's pretty decent though.

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airbornewookie May 15, 2009

This is really good. I served it over thin spaghetti with cheese. I threw the leftover chili in the freezer and pulled it out two weeks later. Thanks so much for sharing! :O)

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SPrins January 08, 2009

I added a couple of squares of unsweetened chocolate, 1 tbs. brown sugar, and blended the finished chili to the consistency of hotdog chili, as recommended by other cincinnati (skyline) chili recipes. DEEEELISH!!! Also, I put the crockpot on "warm" setting overnight and it was at a low simmer in the morning. PERFECT!

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Tania #3 September 08, 2008

Wow, this is fabulous. I knew nothing about Cincinnati Chili before this week, but I'm hooked! I slept in this morning & didn't get to put on the crockpot, so made this on the stove tonight. I followed the recipe, except the cooking method. DH had his 4 ways & I had mine 3 ways. Can't wait until tomorrow for the leftovers. Thanks Sue for sharing this winner & converting us to Cincinnati Chili.

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Heydarl May 16, 2008
Crock Pot Cincinnati Chili