Cincinnati Skyline Chili

Cincinnati Skyline Chili

This chili, usually served over spaghetti pasta, is quite different from the more common Southwest-style spice profile.
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  • Serves: 8 persons



  1. Step 1

    Gather the ingredients. 
  2. Step 2

    Add the water and beef to a 4-quart pot.
  3. Step 3

    Bring to a simmer while stirring, until the ground beef is in very small pieces. Simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Step 4

    Add the crushed tomatoes, onions, garlic, vinegar, Worchestershire sauce, bay leaf, chili powder, cocoa powder, cayenne, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, and salt. Stir well and simmer on low, uncovered, for 3 hours.
  5. Step 5

    Stir occasionally to avoid ingredients sticking to the bottom or sides of the pot.
  6. Step 6

    Add water as needed if the chili becomes too thick. Once the cooking time has passed, remove from heat and allow the chili to cool off, covered, to room temperature.
  7. Step 7

    Keep covered and fefrigerate the chili overnight. The next day, remove the layer of fat that has formed on top before reheating and serving over pasta or hot dogs.