Cincinnati Chili

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    We stumbled upon this chili at the famous Skyline Chili Restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is one of our favorites, especially for Thomas!


  1. 6 T olive oil
  2. 3 sweet onions, finely chopped, plus more for topping
  3. 3 lb ground beef chuck, or ground sirloin
  4. 1/2 t salt
  5. 1/2 t pepper
  6. 6 garlic cloves, minced
  7. 22 oz tomato sauce
  8. 3 medium tomatoes, diced
  9. 3/8 c apple cider vinegar
  10. 3/8 c chili powder
  11. 3 T paprika
  12. 1 1/2 T ground cinnamon
  13. 2 t ground cumin
  14. 3/4 t ground allspice
  15. 3/8 t ground cloves
  16. 3/8 t cayenne pepper
  17. 1 1/2 c water
  18. 2-3 lbs spaghetti, cooked according to package
  19. sharp Cheddar cheese, for topping
  20. dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained for topping
  21. sweet onions, finely chopped for topping
  22. oyster crackers on the side (optional)


  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat.
  2. Add onions and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 7 minutes.
  3. Transfer cooked onions to a plate.
  4. Add ground beef to the pot, sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes, drain.
  5. Remove from the heat and return the cooked onions to the pot; stir in the garlic.
  6. Combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, cloves and cayenne pepper in a bowl; add to the pot along with 1 1/2 c water and stir to combine.
  7. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until the chili is slightly thickened, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
  8. Serving the chili

  9. 3 Way: over spaghetti with a huge pile of sharp Cheddar cheese.
  10. 4 Way: 3 Way with onions or beans
  11. 5 Way: 3 Way with onions and beans
  12. Oyster crackers on the side, if desired.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Course: Soup/Stew/Chili,Entree,Lunch
Type of Food: Chili,Pasta Dish
Ethnicity/Origin: Cincinnati,Greek,Ohio
Key Ingredient: Beef,Tomatoes,Pasta,Cheese,Beans,Onions
Difficulty: 2 - Medium
Make Ahead: Yes
Themes/Holidays: Tailgate

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