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Cincinnati-Style Chili

Rated as 4.42 out of 5 Stars

"Spaghetti topped with hot chili - it's got all the food groups!"
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servings 769
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan. Saute onion until tender. Mix in burger-style crumbles and garlic; cook until the crumbles have browned.
  2. Stir in tomato sauce, water, chopped tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, cinnamon, paprika, allspice, light brown sugar, cocoa, and hot sauce. Heat over medium-high heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer 15 to 20 minutes until sauce thickens.
  3. While the sauce is thickening, bring a large pot of salted water to boil; place spaghetti in the water and bring it to a boil again. Cook until al dente. Drain well.
  4. Stir beans into the chili and mix lightly.
  5. Spoon cooked spaghetti into bowls and top with chili. Sprinkle with cheese if desired.


  • Partner Tip
  • Try using a Reynolds® slow cooker liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 769 calories; 17.7 74.8 88.4 30 1787 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Taste just like Skyline! Very yummy.

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I just made this and I have to admit that I thought it was horrible. I followed the recipe to the tee, so I guess it just wasn't my style!

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I just made this and I have to admit that I thought it was horrible. I followed the recipe to the tee, so I guess it just wasn't my style!

Taste just like Skyline! Very yummy.

A great chili recipe! I've tried to find a good vegetarian version and this one is the best so far. The addition of atypical chili spices may make you skeptical, but the finished product is wo...

GREAT!! Very tangy and spicy. For non-vegetarians, it works with 1/2 lb ground beef too.

Loved it! Nothing else to say, except don't be put off by the seemingly weird combination of cocoa powder and cinnamon in your chili--it is really good. Discovered that many southerners have n...

This recipe was a big hit with the whole family--even the 2 year old. He enjoyed scooping the chili with tortilla chips rather than having it on spaghetti.

This was great. We loved it. We used to live in Cincinnati and this tasted just like the chili there. To make it "5-way" top with chopped raw onion.

excellent chili...I did not add the spahetti, rather just served with bread...everyone loved it

This was a nice alternative to traditional chili (if there is such thing). I did add 1 TBL cornstarch as a thickener.