Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili


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Find out why the city is famous for its chili with this recipe.

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Serving Size / Yield

6-8 servings


  • 2 lb. ground beef cooked, seasoned with onions and garlic to taste
  • 2 (15 oz.) cans tomatoes or tomato sauce (I use tomatoes)
  • 5 tsp. allspice
  • 1/2 tsp. red pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • up to 4 Tbs. chili powder (to taste)
  • 1/2 oz. bitter chocolate
  • 2 Tbs. vinegar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 cloves
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • optional: kidney beans

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Reviews (19)

  • Have tried to duplicate this before -- just by guessing -- and it
    was not quite the same. I will try this one and see what I get.

    Flag as inappropriate norjean  |  December 23, 2012

  • Out of all 6 family members it got a thumbs down...Terrible and I followed the recipe exactly. Dont know what is off but this is not a golden muffin recipe as it is. Don't waste your ground beef on it.

    Flag as inappropriate babyg0621  |  January 30, 2011

  • I make Cincinnati Chili all the time. It is great. Mine is way different than this one. Also the person I got my receipe from was from Cincinnati. You serve this Chili over Angel hair pasta and topped with cheddar cheese. This is not a traditional Chili, it is a different version of a chili.
    I would be glad to e-mail my receipe to anyone that want to try it. Does anyone know how we cah add receipes to this site?
    [email protected]

    Flag as inappropriate ReldaJ  |  October 11, 2009

  • Come On! How many of you have ever seen a whole Allspice? The Clove should be whole, as you don't want them ground, that would be way too much clove flavor. Drain the cooked ground beef unless you like the fat floating on the top of your chili. Also, I use a lot more Chili Powder, otherwise it doesn't taste like chili.

    Flag as inappropriate roselover  |  November 10, 2008

  • There seems to be a lot of confusion over the allspice and cloves. Reading the recipe as written calls for 5 WHOLE allspice spice and 5 WHOLE cloves spice. When I read a recipe, if I don't know what something means, I try to research it to find out. I don't assume it means something else.

    Flag as inappropriate bren13  |  October 11, 2008

  • This look so good and I wanted to try a new recipe. I made it and my husband would not eat it and I did not like it either. Guess I will just stick with good ole' Texas chili!!!

    Flag as inappropriate TLoving  |  October 10, 2008

  • This recipe is incomplete and does not tell you the most important factor; DO NOT BROWN THE MEAT. I have an accurate recipe and will post it. cwwoms

    Flag as inappropriate cwwoms  |  October 9, 2008

  • Come on people,your spices,allspice and cloves is a good marriage.And it has to be 5 tsp's allspice.I use 3or 4 tbs in a big pot of sauce. Can't be 5 cloves of garlic,it'll get lost in 4 or more tbs of cumin. If you don't have chocolate,try 2 tbso of powdered cocoa. Bon Apetite

    Flag as inappropriate Nuss921  |  October 8, 2008

  • This sounds like a familiar recipe my ex used to use. The allspice are whole and like another comment here, they are quite strong requiring a smaller number. The 5 cloves I assume is garlic or like the allspice, coould be whole cloves!? But.........
    Since there isn't an amount stated I was wondering how many pounds of kidney beans to add????

    Flag as inappropriate rdalsbo  |  October 8, 2008

  • I also need to know about the 5 allpsice and 5 cloves. Is it tsp., tblsp or what?????

    Flag as inappropriate forme101  |  October 8, 2008

  • Cooking the beef, onions and garlic before adding to crock pot gives you the opportunity to drain the fat. Also, 5 cloves of garlic is potent so use less if you choose. If you chop the garlic before adding to the beef it will release it's flavor and help you to decide. I used 5 tsp of allspice and it turned out wonderful!

    Flag as inappropriate  |  October 8, 2008


    Flag as inappropriate 88LIZ43  |  October 8, 2008

  • I am from Cincinnati and I will try this recipe but you need to be more specific on 5 allspice and 5 cloves!

    Flag as inappropriate sheilak48  |  October 8, 2008

  • 5 allspice ?????? tsp, tbls, ???
    5 cloves???????? I suppose this is garlic

    Flag as inappropriate inous  |  October 8, 2008

  • You can order Skyline Chili mix by calling 1 800-443-4371. I don't know the price but it sure makes it easy to make a batch for about 5 or 6 people.

    Flag as inappropriate mnlynn  |  October 8, 2008

  • I'm orginally from Cincinnati, and have tried for years to duplicate Skyline Chili. So far I haven't been able to . I will try the chocolate and see if that does it! I inly use 1 tsp. of allspice also. I'll try more of that!

    Flag as inappropriate moolover9311  |  October 8, 2008

  • Ground allspice is not, as some people believe, a mixture of spices. Rather, it is the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. The fruit is picked when it is green and unripe and traditionally dried in the sun. When dry, the fruits are brown and resemble large brown peppercorns. The whole fruits have a longer shelf life than the powdered product and produce a more aromatic product when freshly ground before use.

    Flag as inappropriate wschollw  |  October 8, 2008

  • I would either cook beef before putting in crock pot or get a really lean blend. Allspice, no idea either.

    Flag as inappropriate ccates0796  |  June 15, 2008

  • 5allspice?? what is this? 5 tsp. , Tbsp. , or cups? Do you cook the ground beef first with the onions and garlic to taste, before adding it to the crockpot? Need this information to try this recipe?

    Flag as inappropriate  |  April 27, 2008

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