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dished up Cincinnati chili topped with cheese in bowl
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Cincinnati Chili

A delicious and easy regional dish this Cincinnati Chili is easy to whip up, tasty and absolutely filling! Topped over spaghetti with some cheese and you have a delicious dinnertime meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 413kcal


  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large onion diced small
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp all-spice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  • In large pot add your ground beef and water, bring to boil and stir your beef until it separates into little pieces, reduce heat a simmer for about 30 minutes.
  • Once beef is cooked, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine
  • Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 2 1/2 hours or until thickened.
  • Serve over spaghetti or hot dogs.


  1. Use lean ground beef, it produces less fat and breaks up into smaller chunks nicer.
  2. Serve this any way that you like, with cheese, beans, onions etc.
  3. You can use any pasta you like, traditionally spaghetti is used but works fine over any pasta.
  4. You can use the chili for pretty much anything, sandwiches, chili burgers, hot dogs, etc.
  5. For the last hour or so you can add the lid to help thicken the chili up.


Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 547mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 1310IU | Vitamin C: 2.3mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 4.1mg