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Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

Warm flavors of fall are great! Serve over spaghetti or make a coney dog!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cincinnati Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Author Heather Blake


  • 2 pounds 80/20 ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 28- ounce can tomato puree
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 1 oz dark chocolate bittersweet
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • Spaghetti optional
  • Shredded sharp cheddar cheese optional
  • Extra onions optional
  • Kidney beans warmed through (optional)
  • Oyster crackers mandatory
  • Tabasco sauce mandatory in my book


  • Brown ground beef until cooked through and meat is in small pieces. Remove from heat and drain in a colander. Set aside.
  • Heat up olive oil and cook onions for about 3 minutes, add garlic and cook for one minute more. Add the ground beef back to the pot and turn down the heat to medium-low.
  • Stir in tomatoes, beef broth, and chocolate. Add the salt and pepper, bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, cayenne, Worcestershire and cider vinegar, stir to combine well. 
  • Cover and simmer for an hour or so, stirring occasionally.  See recipe notes for serving ideas. 


Chili- just plain with oyster crackers with or without cheese and onions
2-way chili with spaghetti and oyster crackers
3-way chili with spaghetti, sharp cheddar cheese, and oyster crackers
4-way chili with spaghetti, sharp cheddar cheese, freshly chopped white onions and oyster crackers (my favorite way).
5-way chili with spaghetti, sharp cheddar cheese, onions and cooked kidney beans and oyster crackers.
You can also get a Chili Cheese sandwich (without a hot dog, just a bun and chili and cheese, with or without onions)  or a good old coney hot dog with sauce cheese with or without onions!