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Cincinnati Chili Recipe


Here is an authentic chili recipe that gets its regional twist by adding cinnamon. It is typically served over spaghetti and topped with Cheddar cheese, and onions.

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  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 Teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 Pound ground beef
  • 1 1/2 Cup chopped onions, divided
  • 2 Cups water
  • 15 Ounces tomato sauce
  • 8 Ounces spaghetti, cooked
  • Shredded Cheddar cheese


For the spice blend, mix chili powder, sugar, cinnamon, garlic powder, and salt in small bowl. Set aside.

Cook ground beef and 1 cup of the onions in large saucepan on medium-high heat until beef is no longer pink; drain fat. Add spice blend, water, and tomato sauce; bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve chili over spaghetti. Top with kidney beans, cheese, and remaining 1/2 cup onions, as desired.