Cincinnati Style Chili (Skyline) (Gluten-Free)

"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."
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photo by Andrew Mollmann photo by Andrew Mollmann
Ready In:
3hrs 15mins




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

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  1. 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 (recipe #87361) 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! :)
  2. OMG... My family eats Skyline on Thanksgiving too. Weird. This recipe was super delicious.
  3. OMG... this was awesome. I didn't make any changes. Much better than Skyline or Goldstar.
  4. Like Tink I never had Skyline Chili - can't compare this to anything to be honest, but I just plain loved it and so did DH :-) As I don't have access to A-1 Steak Sauce in Germany I used a dash of ketchup and a dash of sweet chili sauce instead, and it turned out wonderful. Otherwise followed the recipe to the letter, using ground turkey. Will make this again, it's so nice and easy and comforting, and I sure like your story!<br/>Made for Bounce The Ball Of Summer (Diabetes Forum).


I'm 22 and have Celiac Disease. I've been eating gluten-free since I was 19. My mother also has Celiac. I've recently discovered the fun of cooking. I work for Duke Energy as a Co-op and am an Electrical Engineering student at the University of Cincinnati.
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