Deliciously Hearty Cincinnati Chili

Deliciously hearty, this Cincinnati Chili is a unique chili recipe served over spaghetti and topped with cheese, onions or beans or a combination of the 5!

You’ll Need:

  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 large onion diced small
  • 3 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp all-spice
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper


  1. In large pot add your ground beef and water, bring to boil and stir your beef until it separates into little pieces, reduce heat a simmer for about 30 minutes.
  2. Once beef is cooked, add remaining ingredients and stir to combine
  3. Bring to boil and reduce heat and simmer uncovered for about 2 1/2 hours or until thickened.
  4. Serve over spaghetti or hot dogs.


  • The last hour or so you can add a lid to let chili thicken more if desired