Cincinnati Chili

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Ground Beef and tomatoes are simmered together with a unique blend of spices to create the iconic Cincinnati Chili recipe. Make it at home and serve in a bowl, over spaghetti, or warmed hotdogs.

What Makes Cincinnati Chili Unique?

This chili style has a smoky, dark, and slightly sweet taste. It uses a unique combination of chocolate, cinnamon, and cloves. Open up to something new!

Chili Ingredients

Unsweetened cocoa is the secret ingredient. If you don’t have cocoa, you can substitute unsweetened chocolate. I wouldn’t use a chocolate bar as that may be too sweet.

In a large pot over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onions. Chop evenly into small pieces as you cook. Drain.


Add the water and tomatoes and bring the pot to a gentle simmer. Add the rest of the ingredients - yes, all of them.


 Simmer on low, uncovered, for 1 hour to about 90 minutes. Add a bit of water if the chili becomes too thick.


Serve over spaghetti noodles piled high with cheddar cheese or over hotdogs. Additional serving ideas and "ways" are included in the post below.


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