Cincinnati Chili

You may wonder what makes Cincinnati Chili so special, it definately isn’t Texas style chili.  Macedonian immigrant Tom Kiradjieff created Cincinnati chili in 1922.   He added middle eastern spices to his chili and called it “spaghetti chili’.  This “spaghetti chili” has been popular ever since.  Cincinnati chili has a much thinner consistency to it than compared to Texas Chili. Some say the secret is to  not brown the ground meat but to let it cook in the sauce.

Cincinnati Chili

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  • Recipe Type: CopyKat Recipes, Favorite Recipes, Soup Recipes
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 1

This is a unique twist on chili the whole family will love the wonderful melding of flavors!


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 3 large onions, chopped (3 cups)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup beef broth
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 tablespoon semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 2 tablespoon vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 15 1/2 ounce cans kidney beans
  • 4 cup shredded cheese
  • 16 ounce fettuccine


In Dutch oven cook beef, 2 cups of the onion, and garlic 'till beef is brown and onion is tender. Drain fat. Stir in the remaining ingredients except the beans, cheese, and fettuccine. Bring to boiling, reduce heat. Cover; simmer over low heat 1 hour. Skim off fat. Cook fettuccine; drain. Serve with beans, cheese, onions, etc... enjoy!

Now you can serve up your chili in one of many different ways.

Two-Way Chili - Chili served on spaghetti

Three-Way Chili - Additionally topped with shredded Cheddar cheese

Four-Way Chili - Additionally topped with chopped onions

Five-Way Chili -  Additionally topped with kidney beans

One of my favorite 'famous' recipes is Cincinnati chili - don't know if you've ever had it, but several places in Cincy specialize in it (Goldstar and Skyline are two of the majors). It's a spicy/sweet chili of Greek origin, typically served over spaghetti and topped w/ cheese, onions, and beans. Brian Harper

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  • Tom

    I’m thinking recipe is chili-spagetti and not Cincinnati chili. In Cinci, the meat is boiled, not browned.

  • Tom

    I’m thinking recipe is chili-spagetti and not Cincinnati chili. In Cinci, the meat is boiled, not browned.

  • Liz Nelson

    This is not Texas Chili for sure it sounds more like spaghetti!