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Cincinnati-Style Chili

Cincinnati-Style Chili

I first tried this dish in Chicago many years ago at a Cincy Chili franchise. Although it never really caught on here, I was hooked.

After finding a recipe for it in a local paper and experimenting with the seasonings, I came up with a version that was to my liking. It is unlike Texas red chili in being mild and mellow with complex overtones from the many spices added to it.

Submitted by: Steve from Des Plaines, IL
Yield: 6 - 8 servings


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Preparation Instructions:

Brown the meat, drain excess fat and set aside. Brown the onion and pepper in oil, until onion is transparent, then cool. Mix the rest of the ingredients (up to the pasta) and bring to a simmer. After 10 minutes, add the cooked meat, onions and pepper, then simmer for 30 minutes more.

Cook the pasta until al dente, then drain.

Serve the chili over the pasta and garnish with the other condiments as desired.

More About This Recipe

The meat may be cooked ahead of time, then refrigerated or even frozen before use. If spicy chili powder is used, the red pepper is not necessary. This is supposed to be a fairly mellow dish (not fiery hot). Whole cumin is preferable. Toast lightly first, then grind in a mortar or coffee/spice grinder. For that matter, use all whole spices when possible and grind just before using. This recipe is best when prepared a day in advance, which allows the complex flavors to blend better.


Based on 3 reviews

Customer Reviews


Hello, I too Love Cincinnati Chili. After having this wonderful dish at Union Station in the Windy City, I was determined to find the original recipe. This dish was added to my monthly menu rotation. Family and friends loved it!
In those years, before finding the Spice House, I used regular grocery store seasonings.
Now, many years later I only make this twice a year still making the original 2 day recipe, but, using only Spice House seasonings. What a superior difference!!!
Since finding Spice House, wishing I lived near one of their stores, I place orders not only for myself but, as gifts for others, Perfect House Warming Gifts!
When sharing recipes I always make sure to specify, Spice House products!!
Thanx for allowing me to share!
Have a Healthy and Happy Hollidaze Season!!raf

Dave B

I lived in Cincinnati for a number of years and still make this style chili today. Real Cinci style chili never browns the meat. Add the one pound of ground beef to 6 quarts of tepid water and whisk it until the meat is all finely dispersed then add all the ingredients and boil down 1 to 1.5 hours. It’s the fine texture and spice that makes it good!

Amy L

I put amazing b/c i have to put something to put the comment.. i hope it is amazing. I wish you had pictures so that I could pin the recipes that I want to try.. OR have a way to pin the recipes here once you log in (like a virtual recipe box.) I am getting the stuff to make this but i sure hope i remember where it is!! :)

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