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Skyline Chili I

Skyline Chili I


This hearty chili is sure to warm up appetites.

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  • Calories:
  • 574 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 40.6 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs:
  • 16.1g
  • 5%
  • Protein:
  • 37 g
  • 74%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 142 mg
  • 47%
  • Sodium:
  • 1680 mg
  • 67%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet


  1. Brown the beef lightly.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a crock pot and mix together well. Cook for 12 hours or more on low.
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Definately add the chocolate. I also cut the amount of cinnamon in half. No need to put in blender. The authentic way to make Cincinnati chili is to get the leanest ground meat possible and simmer it till brown (trust me!) in the water stirring occasionally. This will break down the meat into the fine texture desired. After the meat is browned add the rest of the ingredients. I leave out the steak sauce and add a pinch of powdered clove. If it's not thick enough just boil it down more or do as we do in Cincinnati and add oyster crackers to soak it up!


Very good and very easy to make. This recipe is supposed to be runny because it's supposed to eaten like Cincinatti chili--with spaghetti noodles on the bottom and topped with cheddar cheese. It doesn't taste exactly like Skyline, but it's as close as you're probably going to get. To get a true Skyline meat sauce, after the meat is done cooking, mix it with some water and put it all in a blender on the low setting. This will chop the meat into very small pieces. Then drain it using a wire strainer and put the meat into the crock pot like usual. This will make the chili very consistent all the way through and will keep there from being big chunks of meat in it, just like the real Skyline chili makes it.


Husband is from Cinci, we don't have Skyline here and everytime we go back to visit it is the first thing he eats. He couldn't believe we duplicated this recipe. I did put the meat in the blender as suggested. We like to eat cheese coneys- Hot dog with mustard, chili and LOTS of shredded cheese. This will become a new favorite at our house- 500 miles from the nearest Skyline!