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Classic Cincinnati Chili

Classic Cincinnati Chili

If you’ve had Cincinnati Chili, you know that the cinnamon and chili spice combination is hard to beat! Make your own with this recipe and serve over noodles.




  1. In a large pot, combine the ground beef and 4 cups water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring the beef until it’s well broken up. Reduce the heat to low and bring to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes, occasionally skimming off any fat and impurities that rise to the top.
  2. Once the beef is cooked through, add the onion, tomato sauce, garlic, allspice, cumin, chili powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, bay leaves, and vinegar. Stir to combine and increase the heat to medium-high. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and simmer once again, uncovered, for about 2 1/2 hours. The chili will thicken as it cooks.
  3. Remove from the heat and taste. Add salt if needed and add hot sauce, if desired.
  4. Serve over cooked pasta and top with plenty of shredded cheese and diced onions.