Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati Chili

5 from 10 reviews

Cincinnati Chili is a unique blend of ground beef, onions, chili powder, cocoa powder, cinnamon, cloves, and allspice.  It is traditionally served over spaghetti noodles with shredded cheddar and onions.


  • 4 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 2/3 cup Kansas City style barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 8 ounces of spaghetti cooked according to package instructions
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped red onion.


  1. Combine beef broth and beef in large heavy stock pot or Dutch oven uncovered. Bring to a low boil and then reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Skim off scum and fat that floats to the top.
  2. In small skillet melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and saute until soft adding garlic that last minute of cooking. Add cooked onion and garlic, tomato sauce, barbecue sauce, chili powder, cocoa, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, cloves, allspice, cider vinegar, tomato paste and brown sugar. Simmer uncovered for 2-3 hours.
  3. Serve over cooked spaghetti. Garnish with cheddar and onions.

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