Cincinnati Skyline Chili

Cincinnati Skyline Chili


"I was served this dish at a friend's home when we lived in West Virginia. She was from Ohio. I love this dish and serve it often. Note: End result should have consistency of spaghetti sauce."


1 h 50 m servings 579 cals
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Original recipe yields 8 servings



  • Calories:
  • 579 kcal
  • 29%
  • Fat:
  • 23 g
  • 35%
  • Carbs:
  • 57.7g
  • 19%
  • Protein:
  • 34.5 g
  • 69%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 82 mg
  • 27%
  • Sodium:
  • 669 mg
  • 27%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Brown beef and onion in a large skillet over medium high heat. Place browned mixture in a large pot and stir in the tomato sauce, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, cinnamon, vinegar, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, over low heat for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. When meat mixture has about 20 minutes cooking time left, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain and set aside.
  3. Serve meat mixture over cooked spaghetti topped with cheese, beans, olives and chopped onion.
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There are a couple problems with this recipe. First, the real Skyline chili doesn't have this much chili powder if any at all. Second and more serious is that it is way too dry, as a couple pe...

following this recipe will give you a basic chili. "Cincinnati Chili" (i.e. "Skyline") chili, is much juicier... I would suggest NOT browning the meat first; let it cook in the sauce, stirring c...

This is a great recipe but the meat should not be browned. You should mix the dry ingredents with the the liquids and mix in the meat also instead of 2 cans of tomato sause use 1 can of sause an...

My family loved it. We recently visited (ok 6 times while on a 3 week vacation) the Hard Times Cafe is Old Town Alexandria Va. My kids loved the Cincinnati Chili Mac and were amazed it had Cin...

This is one of my all time favorite recipes. I grew up in the midwest and this was a staple in our home. My husband is from Southern California and had never heard of this type of chili. He wasn...

My husband absolutely loves this dish and says it tastes just like he remembers Skyline Chili tasting! However, getting that consistency right perplexes me. I've made it twice and it seems to ...

I couldn't taste anything but chili powder!

This isn't really my favorite kind of food, but my husband absolutely loved it! He mentioned that this chili would also be good used as a sloppy joe type of sandwich filling. We may try that!

If you are looking for a true"skyline chili" I will give a few hints that I remember as a child. I worked for Skyline in my teen yrs. I know that they boil meat not fry and also you must add ci...