A recipe for Cincinnati Chili?

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    • 1017 posts
    March 17, 2011 10:42 PM GMT
    Hi all,

    A dish I've seen on the Food Network and the Cooking Channel is "Cincinnati Chili" which is basically chili over spaghetti pasta and it comes in (send the children out of the room, it sounds like an orgy) "two-way, three-way, four-way or five-way" variations. I love both Southwest and Italian foods so it sounds ideal for me.

    Is there anyone out there from Ohio or the surrounding environs who has a good recipe for it that I could try? Searching the Internet turns up all sorts of variations, some of them very weird. What I'm looking for is a basic version (which I ultimately can make my own very weird variation on...)

    Anyhow, can any of you Mid-West folks help me with recipes?


    • 136 posts
    May 8, 2011 7:03 AM BST


    I once worked for a company in Kansas City (famous for Barbeque) that merged with a Cincinnatti (famous for Chili) company. There was always internal bickering about chili and BBQ. I LOVE KC BBQ, but I've never tried the Cincinnatti chili. It never really appealed to me at the time, but these days, my tastes have broadened, like my dress size.


    One of the reviewers claims that this is the actual Skyline Chili recipe. 

    The Cincinnati "Skyline" Chili Ordering Code 
    1-way: just the chili
    2-way: chili served over spaghetti
    3-way: chili, spaghetti, and grated Cheddar cheese
    4-way: chili, spaghetti, cheese, and onions
    5-way: chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions, and beans 
    All "ways" are served with oyster crackers.

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    • 1017 posts
    May 8, 2011 3:56 PM BST

    Hi Nicole,


    Since I started working on this project I've found more than 60 recipes, though I missed this one. Comparing it to the best of what I found, it looks to be among the most authentic: the cooking method is correct and the ingredients are right on, including the chocolate.


    Thanks for the link, when I try my own I'll definitely use it as a referance.


    Best, Mellie