Cincinnati Chili 3, 4, or 5 Way

"An Ohio classic, you can have your chili in more than one way."
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Ready In:
2hrs 15mins




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

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  1. Flipgirl30
    Great recipe to add to our rotation. Served it with spaghetti. Even my toddlers liked this one. Thanks for sharing!
  2. chia2160
    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!


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