Cincinnati Chili Recipe

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Cincinnati Chili Recipe
Cincinnati chili

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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Deliver Ingredients


  • 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.

Chili Shopping Tip

Basic Latin ingredients include chiles, rice, adobo seasoning, and beans.

Chili Cooking Tip

Latin food often packs a lot of heat, so try to moderate the amount of chiles and spices you use for your dish.

Chili Wine Pairing

Malbec, syrah/shiraz, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, zinfandel, petite sirah, primitivo, or carménère for meat-based chili; Riesling, gewürztraminer, muscat, or torrontés for vegetarian or poultry-based chili.