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Cincinnati "Skyline" Chili

  • Author: Mark Warrington
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


A family recipe that is as authentic as gets for Cincinnati chili.  Sweet and spicy classic chili over spaghetti.


Units Scale
  • 2 lbs ground beef 8 cups of water
  • 29 oz can of crushed tomatoes
  • 2 medium white onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, diced
  • 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp white vinegar
  • 8 drops of Tabasco Sauce
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 3 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp salt
  • cooked spagetti (when ready to serve)
  • oyster crackers
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • more chopped onions
  • chopped jalapeños


  1. In a large pot, cook the water and ground beef together over medium heat until the meat has completely fallen apart and there are no chunks remaining.
  2. Add all of the other ingredients and let simmer for 4 hours. Add water as desired if consistency becomes too thick. Carefully spoon excess fat from the surface.
  3. When the chili is ready, serve over cooked spagetti and top with liberal portions of cheese and oyster crackers. Chopped onions and jalapeños may be used as a garnish as well.