Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Cincinnati Chili, originally uploaded by jenib320.

I know the long list of spices seems daunting, but I promise it's worth it! :)

3 lbs Ground Beef
1 T Minced Dried Onion
2+ t Garlic Powder
1+ t Salt
1+ t Chili Powder
1+ t Cumin
1+ t Paprika
½ t Thyme
½ t Cayenne Pepper
½+ t Cinnamon
¼ t Oregano
¼ t Marjoram
¼ t Ground Allspice
¼ t Rosemary
Pinch Red Pepper Flakes
Pinch Ground Cloves
2 Bay Leaves
45oz Kidney Beans
46oz V8 Juice
1 ½ T Worcestershire Sauce

(1+ t= a heaping teaspoon)

1. Brown ground beef. Drain off the liquid.

2. Mix the ground beef with the V8 juice, spices and Worcestershire sauce.

3. If cooking on the stove, combine ingredients in a large pot and let cook partly covered on low heat for 2.5 – 3 hours.

4. If cooking in a crock-pot, combine ingredients in the pot and let cook covered on high for 4 – 5 hours.

5. Add drained, rinsed kidney beans about 5 – 10 minutes before serving to heat through.

6. Serve over spaghetti with crumbled saltines and shredded cheddar cheese. You can also add some minced red onion! (I skip this because I hate onions.)


Spices, originally uploaded by jenib320.

When we make this recipe we generally make a separate set (or a few!) of the spices and store them in a small tupperware. Since it takes so many spices, it’s nice to have them already premeasured to make prep really quick! Just be sure to mark it so you don’t forget what it is!

Cincinnati Chili, originally uploaded by jenib320.

Also, this makes a lot of chili, but it freezes great. It can be frozen in freezer bags or tupperware. Personally, I like freezing some in bulk and then a few single serving sizes so that I don’t have to defrost a whole bag when I want some for lunch!



  1. what makes cincinnati chilli cincinnatii?

    we are chili people here. we are big fans of the local university football team, the boise broncos. on game days, i've always made chili in the crockpot. my chili is now called "bronco chili". fittingly.

    love the idea of premade spice mixtures. gotta try that one.

  2. My husband, who makes me stop at every Skyline chili in Ohio every time we drive through ( or so it seems anyway) is going to freak when he hears about this! Can't wait to try it. I really hope this hits the spot for him and he will stop suggesting we eat Skyline dinner out of a can! ( we have like four cans in the pantry. Blech. )

  3. Oh, this makes me so happy. I am originally from Cincinnati area and live in TX now. Will be nice to make a taste of home in my own kitchen!

  4. HI Jeni!
    I'm making some of this tonight! Hope you have a good weekend! :) Jessica


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