Cincinnati-Style Chili Recipe -
Cincinnati-Style Chili Recipe

Cincinnati-Style Chili

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"Spaghetti topped with hot chili - it's got all the food groups!"

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  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Saute onion until tender. Mix in burger-style crumbles and garlic; cook until the crumbles have browned.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chopped tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, cinnamon, paprika, allspice, light brown sugar, cocoa, and hot sauce. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes until sauce thickens.
  3. While the sauce is thickening, bring a large pot of salted water to boil; place spaghetti in the water and bring it to a boil again. Cook until al dente. Drain well.
  4. Stir beans into the chili and mix lightly.
  5. Spoon cooked spaghetti into bowls and top with chili. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 22, 2003

Taste just like Skyline! Very yummy.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 22, 2003

I just made this and I have to admit that I thought it was horrible. I followed the recipe to the tee, so I guess it just wasn't my style!

Jan 27, 2003

A great chili recipe! I've tried to find a good vegetarian version and this one is the best so far. The addition of atypical chili spices may make you skeptical, but the finished product is worth the risk! I added two medium vine-ripened tomatoes, chopped, when the canned tomatoes were added to increase the flavor. Next time I will halve the water, as ours was too watery and we had to simmer it uncovered for about 10 minutes extra. However, that 10 minutes made the beans just tender enough, and I would add them half-way through the simmering time to make sure they are tender enough for the next time. Another suggestion would be to halve or leave out the brown sugar, it was a bit too sweet for my taste, but will definitely make it again!

Mar 29, 2003

GREAT!! Very tangy and spicy. For non-vegetarians, it works with 1/2 lb ground beef too.

Jan 23, 2003

excellent chili...I did not add the spahetti, rather just served with bread...everyone loved it

Jan 22, 2003

This was a nice alternative to traditional chili (if there is such thing). I did add 1 TBL cornstarch as a thickener.

Jan 22, 2003

Loved it! Nothing else to say, except don't be put off by the seemingly weird combination of cocoa powder and cinnamon in your chili--it is really good. Discovered that many southerners have never heard of Cincinnati, much less tried their famous chili!

Jan 22, 2003

This recipe was a big hit with the whole family--even the 2 year old. He enjoyed scooping the chili with tortilla chips rather than having it on spaghetti.


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  • Calories
  • 769 kcal
  • 38%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 74.8 g
  • 24%
  • Cholesterol
  • 30 mg
  • 10%
  • Fat
  • 17.7 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 14.6 g
  • 58%
  • Protein
  • 88.4 g
  • 177%
  • Sodium
  • 1787 mg
  • 71%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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