Rating: 3.89 stars
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2

I was served this dish at a friend's home when we lived in West Virginia. She was from Ohio. I love this dish and serve it often. Note: End result should have consistency of spaghetti sauce.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 50 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Brown beef and onion in a large skillet over medium high heat. Place browned mixture in a large pot and stir in the tomato sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, vinegar, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.

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  • When meat mixture has about 20 minutes cooking time left, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.

  • Serve meat mixture over cooked spaghetti topped with cheese, beans, olives and chopped onion.

Nutrition Facts

579 calories; protein 34.5g; carbohydrates 57.7g; fat 23g; cholesterol 82mg; sodium 668.5mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (59)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
There are a couple problems with this recipe. First the real Skyline chili doesn't have this much chili powder if any at all. Second and more serious is that it is way too dry as a couple people here already mentioned. I have checked a dozen or more Skyline recipes on the internet and most of them mention adding 3 cups or 1 quart of water which would make the consistancy more like that of Skyline's. As the recipe is here there is not enough liquid and it is more like a thick paste. Either this recipe has not been tried by the auther or she left something out when she typed the recipe. Read More
(64)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
03/19/2006
following this recipe will give you a basic chili. "Cincinnati Chili" (i.e. "Skyline") chili is much juicier... I would suggest NOT browning the meat first; let it cook in the sauce stirring constantly. (hint; use a hand-held mixer to finely shred the meat in early cooking stage). Some folks have suggested adding beans to the sauce during cooking - that's not how we do it in Cincy. the basic chili is "garnished" with the addition of beans finely chopped onions & finely shredded cheddar cheese. Adding all of these garnishes yields a "4-Way" adding any two = a "3-way" etc. I have never seen olives used as a garnish with this dish but I suppose that could work - just not authentic! use plenty of cocoa powder for that Cincinnati-caffeine kick. Read More
(49)
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 23
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 5
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2003
There are a couple problems with this recipe. First the real Skyline chili doesn't have this much chili powder if any at all. Second and more serious is that it is way too dry as a couple people here already mentioned. I have checked a dozen or more Skyline recipes on the internet and most of them mention adding 3 cups or 1 quart of water which would make the consistancy more like that of Skyline's. As the recipe is here there is not enough liquid and it is more like a thick paste. Either this recipe has not been tried by the auther or she left something out when she typed the recipe. Read More
(64)
Rating: 2 stars
03/19/2006
following this recipe will give you a basic chili. "Cincinnati Chili" (i.e. "Skyline") chili is much juicier... I would suggest NOT browning the meat first; let it cook in the sauce stirring constantly. (hint; use a hand-held mixer to finely shred the meat in early cooking stage). Some folks have suggested adding beans to the sauce during cooking - that's not how we do it in Cincy. the basic chili is "garnished" with the addition of beans finely chopped onions & finely shredded cheddar cheese. Adding all of these garnishes yields a "4-Way" adding any two = a "3-way" etc. I have never seen olives used as a garnish with this dish but I suppose that could work - just not authentic! use plenty of cocoa powder for that Cincinnati-caffeine kick. Read More
(49)
Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
This is a great recipe but the meat should not be browned. You should mix the dry ingredents with the the liquids and mix in the meat also instead of 2 cans of tomato sause use 1 can of sause and i can of paste bring to a rolling boil the reduce and simmer for about and hour to hour and a half. the meat will melt in you mouth. Try it like this i promise it's wonderful. Read More
(46)
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Rating: 5 stars
09/06/2006
My family loved it. We recently visited (ok 6 times while on a 3 week vacation) the Hard Times Cafe is Old Town Alexandria Va. My kids loved the Cincinnati Chili Mac and were amazed it had Cinnamon in it. I followed some of the recommendations in the comments like adding Cocoa powder. I added petite diced tomatoes (1/2 a 28oz can) 1/2 a 28 oz can of tomatoe sauce 1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon 2 galic cloves and 1/1/2 tsp cocoa. I served this with cheese and sour cream. Yumm! This kids loved it!! Read More
(20)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This is one of my all time favorite recipes. I grew up in the midwest and this was a staple in our home. My husband is from Southern California and had never heard of this type of chili. He wasn't too crazy about it at first but now he LOVES it. We have this once a week in winter. This recipes also freezes well (without the noodles) I pile my chili high with cheddar cheese and oyester crackers. In fact I'm making this tonight for dinner. YUM!!!!!!! Read More
(11)
Rating: 4 stars
01/25/2004
My husband absolutely loves this dish and says it tastes just like he remembers Skyline Chili tasting! However getting that consistency right perplexes me. I've made it twice and it seems to come out more like meaty tomato paste rather than like spaghetti sauce. I even tried cutting the meat portion in half but it's still very thick and pasty. Flavorful though! Thanks! Read More
(10)
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
I couldn't taste anything but chili powder! Read More
(9)
Rating: 3 stars
01/10/2011
If you are looking for a true"skyline chili" I will give a few hints that I remember as a child. I worked for Skyline in my teen yrs. I know that they boil meat not fry and also you must add cinnamon and baking unsweetened cocoa. If I remember right there were about 16 different things we added in all. I do know cocoa and cinnamon is a must have. I lived in cincy most of my life. Anyone from that area knows you always add cocoa and cinnamon. I hope this is help for for those of you looking for a true Skyline chili. Read More
(9)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This isn't really my favorite kind of food but my husband absolutely loved it! He mentioned that this chili would also be good used as a sloppy joe type of sandwich filling. We may try that! Read More
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