Cincinnati-Style Chili Recipe

Cincinnati-Style Chili Recipe
Cincinnati-style Chili

Maryse Chevriere

Cincinnati-style Chili

I liken this regional style of chili to an American version of bolognese. A deeply flavorful meat-tomato sauce with a complex spice profile, served over spaghetti and topped with shredded Cheddar and chopped onions. If you're thinking, chili...on spaghetti? Really? Believe it. Even this devout Texas chili fan has been made a convert.

And as a side note, let me also just say that from my experience, there are no hard and fast rules for chili — it's a constant game of tasting and adjusting, so trust your palate. 


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In a medium pot over medium heat, sauté 2/3 cup of the onion and garlic in the oil for about 3-5 minutes, until it starts to get soft. Add the ground beef, cinnamon, cumin, cloves, and cayenne, crumbling the beef as it cooks. 

Once the beef is cooked and no longer pink, add the water, beer, tomato sauce, and tomato paste and mix together. Add the chocolate and vinegar, then simmer the mixture uncovered over medium-low heat for about 15-20 minutes, until it has thickened but is still soupy.

While the chili is simmering, cook the spaghetti in a pot of boiling water, about 8 minutes, or until al dente, then drain.

When ready to serve, divide the pasta into bowls, cover with a heaping spoonful of chili, then top with shredded Cheddar cheese and a sprinkling of the remaining raw, chopped onions. 


Calories per serving:

909 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Balanced, High Fiber Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Kosher

Daily value:



  • Fat 37g 57%
  • Carbs 107g 36%
  • Saturated 11g 56%
  • Fiber 10g 41%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 18g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 39g 78%
  • Cholesterol 81mg 27%
  • Sodium 964mg 40%
  • Calcium 131mg 13%
  • Magnesium 136mg 34%
  • Potassium 1,477mg 42%
  • Iron 8mg 42%
  • Zinc 7mg 49%
  • Phosphorus 492mg 70%
  • Vitamin A 90µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 21mg 36%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 16%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 24%
  • Niacin (B3) 9mg 47%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 42%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 52µg 13%
  • Vitamin B12 2µg 40%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 29%
  • Vitamin K 22µg 27%
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