My husband doesn't like chili....Or spaghetti....Or anything with a red sauce, for that matter! It makes it rather difficult to satisfy cravings for either. Mine is probably the only household in Virginia that doesn't have spaghetti and meatballs on their normal dinner rotation. And in the fall and winter months, a nice, spicy chili is out of the question.
I was searching for a happy medium that would satisfy my pasta and chili hankerings without starving my poor, picky hubby and my very particular 10 year old. I am an Ohio native, born in Cleveland, and I lived in the greater Cleveland area till I was 12 and moved here to Virginia. So I am pretty surprised that I had never heard of Cincinnati Chili until about a year ago, while searching for an alternative to spaghetti and meatballs that everyone would enjoy.
I found this recipe online, and I was intrigued by the list of ingredients. It is VERY different, and I just had to try it. The meat sauce has such a unique flavor profile! I have never had anything quite like it. It has your typical meat sauce ingredients, as well as cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and even CHOCOLATE! I will say, it is quite time consuming to make. But the smell that fills the house while the sauce is simmering away makes it well worth the wait.
Cincinnati Chili was first made by a Greek immigrant in Cincinnati, Ohio. A very famous regional restaurant, Skyline, made this dish famous. There are many ways to serve this dish. Some of the more traditional ways include:
two-way: spaghetti and chili
three-way: spaghetti, chili, and shredded cheese
four-way: spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, and either diced onions or beans
five-way: spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, diced onions, and beans
cheese coney: hot dog topped with chili, shredded cheese, diced onions, and mustard
chili cheese fries: French fries topped with chili and shredded cheese
Since I don't eat onions, I prefer to eat mine 3-way, with just spaghetti, the chili, and shredded cheddar cheese on top!
This is a very tasty and unique dish that is definitely sure to satisfy. Try it sometime, and let me know what you think! It seems a bit daunting to prepare when reading the instructions, but rest assured, it is fairly simple to make. Here is the most authentic recipe, which also happens to be my favorite! And yes, I have tried several variations!
2/13/2011 08:19:16 am
You know, I've often wondered how to make Cincinnati chili! I'll have to try your recipe!
2/13/2011 08:37:58 am
My dad lives in Cinci and we make him bring us Skyline chili whenever he visits us in VA. It's just about the same as your recipe. Love it. You can also make a great nacho dip with the sauce.
2/13/2011 09:54:43 am
I have never heard of this before, but it really sounds kinda yummy!
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2/23/2013 11:00:48 am
I like the ingredients in this chili. I think I will try it out soon!
3/20/2013 09:13:20 am
now this is the 1st time I ever heard of this recipie & it actually sounds really good...going to give it a try...thanks for sharing!
3/28/2013 08:29:23 am
Ooooo cheese nice! Love the Cincinnati style!
2/5/2014 10:58:31 am
I'm from Cincinnati...and this is pretty darn close to Skyline - thanks for the share! I always add a bit more cinnamon because we like the kick - to get the texture closer to Skyline/Gold Star/Queen City Chili/Camp Washington Chili...lol..you get the idea, you'll want to do a finer grind on your ground beef, so that it is more mealy than meaty :) ( substituting ground turkey helps with this, as well as cutting down the fat content!) Adding the meat to the spice mixture while it is still raw, and bringing to a boil and then simmering it for about three hours, will also give a more restaurant like quality!
2/6/2014 04:56:06 pm
I am from Cincinnati and I think everyone should try Cincinnati Style Chili at least once in their lifetime. I am proud to pin this recipe.
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