Cincinnati Chili

  • Level: Easy
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Total: 2 hr
  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 40 min


4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 sweet onions (such as Vidalia), finely chopped, plus more for topping

2 pounds ground beef chuck

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 15-ounce can tomato sauce

2 medium tomatoes, diced

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup chili powder

2 tablespoons paprika

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 pound spaghetti, cooked

Pinto beans and grated cheddar cheese, for topping

Oyster crackers, for serving (optional)


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. Add the ground beef to the pot, sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper and cook, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and return the cooked onions to the pot; stir in the garlic.
  2. Combine the tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, vinegar, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, cumin, allspice, cloves and cayenne in a bowl; add to the pot along with 1 cup water and stir to combine. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat and cook until the chili is slightly thickened, about 1 hour, 30 minutes.
  3. Serve the chili over the spaghetti; top with chopped onion, pinto beans and grated cheddar and serve with oyster crackers on the side.
Let's Get Cooking!

Sign up for the Recipe of the Day newsletter to receive editor-picked recipes,tips and videos delivered to your inbox daily. Privacy Policy

Thanks for subscribing to the Recipe of the Day newsletter. Check out all our other great newsletters from Easy Recipes, Healthy Eating Ideas and Chef Recipe Videos.

We're sorry, there was an error signing you up. Please try again later.


7 Reviews

Sheila W.

Not very close, and there are NO diced tomatoes in Cincy chili. I'm from there, & I know.

See All Reviews