Cincinnati Chilli

Skyline chili is very popular around Cincinnati. It is an institution! It’s almost as common as McDonalds. I did my updates: I gave it a little more zing with more chili powder and a little more savory by boosting the cocoa quantity. Top with onions and some cheese, and it will warm you right up. Serve on a hotdog or over some spaghetti if you’re in Cincinnati. I hope you like it.

2 pounds ground beef
2 cups onion, diced finely.
4 cups beef stock
16 ounces tomato sauce
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Honey and salt – maybe, after you taste

Cheddar cheese and onions to top.

In a soup pot on medium heat, add ground beef and brown.

Add onion and cook for 4 minutes stirring occasionally.

Add spices and cook for 3 minutes (you ahould smell the clove and allspice).

Add tomato sauce, Worcestershire, and vinegar and stir.

Add beef stock and simmer for 1 hour on medium low. Taste for seasoning. Now you can add any salt you may need or honey if the chili is too spicy.

Serving Possibilities:
3 way – Serve with cheese and onions.
4 way – Serve with cheese, onions and cooked kidney beans.
5 way – Serve with cheese, onions and cooked kidney beans on top of spaghetti.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Dan, I lived in Cincinnati for 15 years and yes, Skyline (and Gold Star Chili) are all over. It is fast food and there are drive-thrus at most locations. About 160 of them are in the Greater Cincinnati area. And I make it similar to you. But when it is made in the store, they boil the meat and it has a grey color to it until they add the spices. If you saw how it was made, you probably would not eat it. But it is classic Cincinnati, with East & West taking sides as to which they like better – Skyline or Gold Star. And only one store sells alcohol at any of the chili places, the one near the stadium downtown. The rest are family places, no alcohol served.

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    1. You have lived a few places. I have worked in restaurants and yes something’s are scary.


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