Cincinnati Chili

March/April 2012

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Cincinnati has a unique spin on chili—they serve it over spaghetti. Typically the chili is just made with meat, no beans, but we couldn’t resist adding beans to add fiber and nutrients. Serve with sliced cucumber and red onion with lemon juice and olive oil.

Cincinnati Chili

9 Reviews for Cincinnati Chili


I followed this recipe using a hot chili powder, 2 cloves of garlic minced, and 2 green jalapeno peppers sliced because I happened to have them. It didn't matter to me whether this was "authentic" Cincinnati Chili or not. It was absolutely delicious as it was. I'm not sure how healthy ground beef is but I managed to find a good quality 95% lean ground beef. I'm sure ground turkey would also work well. I also sprinkled on some reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese. Yum!!! Will make again for sure!

Easy and flavourful
Different but Good

Here in Texas, "chili" is a different thing than this. This was more of a cross between chili and spaghetti sauce. Now, having said that, it was still good and we ate every bit of it! My son who doesn't like spicy liked it very much.

Quick, Easy, Cheap
Who cares if it's "authentic"?

It's probably not the exact same thing you get at whatever your favorite local diner is, but if that's what you want, that's what you should get instead of complaining about a recipe you don't even intend to make!.

As for me, I've never had this style of chili before, and I thought it was great. I did add some garlic and cumin to the other seasonings for more flavor and topped it with a bit of sharp cheddar. Mine was nice and thick, and yours will be too if you let it cook for long enough. This will become a weeknight staple in my house!

Easy, quick, tasty
So so

Lacks the zing of real chili. Was runny. Great over spagetti noodles though!

Easy to make

I'm from the Cincinnati area and I can understand the comments that this dish is different from typical Cincinnati chili... But, in some regards I think its better. It's certainly a lot lighter and less greasy than what one gets in one of the typical Cincinnati Chili joints. I thought it was just great!


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