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Cincinnati Chili is a delicious and unique Chili recipe atop spaghetti noodles and loaded with oyster crackers, cheese, beans, on onions. This Cincinnati Chili Recipe is both savory and sweet in all the right ways. This Cincinnati Style Chili is a must make for any Chili lover! 

Best Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 864kcal
Cincinnati Chili is loaded with ground beef, beans, and onions in the most unique chili sauce, and served on a pillow of spaghetti. Both savory and sweet, this Cincinnati Chili recipe is a must for any chili lover!
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  • 1 lb. Spaghetti - cooked and drained
  • 2-4 c. Shredded Cheese your favorite Cheddar or Cheddar blend
  • 2 cans beans black or red are our favorites
  • 1 onion - diced NOT sauteed
  • 1 package pkg. Oyster Crackers or your favorites


    NOTE: read through carefully before starting. Some ingredients like the meat and veggies call for COOKED ingredients.

    • 3 pounds ground chuck boiled and drained
    • 1 quart water
    • 6 ounces tomato paste
    • 1 1/2 cups diced onions sauteed
    • 1 teaspoon diced garlic - sauteed with the onion the last minute of sauteing
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoon cider vinegar
    • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne or red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon chili powder
    • 1/2 pkg. Williams Chicken Chili Seasoning
    • 1/2 pkg Williams Chili Seasoning
    • 1 Tablespoon sugar - dissolved in 1/4 c. hot water
    • 3 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon allspice
    • 2 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa or 1 oz. square unsweetened chocolate
    • 1 Tablespoon molasses


    • Add all the chili ingredients in a large stove-top pan.
    • Bring to a boil.
    • Reduce heat and simmer at least 2 hours. (add a little water if it starts to thicken too much)
    • Serve on a bed of spaghetti and top with cheese, beans, onion and crackers (or a combo of your faves).
    • ENJOY!!



    Calories: 864kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 48g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 167mg | Sodium: 677mg | Potassium: 932mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 830IU | Vitamin C: 5.8mg | Calcium: 371mg | Iron: 5.4mg