Yes, it’s weird. And yes, it’s absolutely wonderful. Cincinnati chili is a keeper, and we have the ultimate recipe for you.
Cincinnati chili is a one-of-a-kind culinary creation that hails from — wait for it — the city of Cincinnati, Ohio! This global center of gastronomy (hint, potential irony here) has brought to the world a dish that is one of the most popular Internet searches of the last few years. Go figure.
But you know what. The thing is… Cincinnati Chili, is pretty fucking good.
Let’s take it from the top.
Imagine a bowl of chili, but instead of being served alone, it’s spooned over a bed of spaghetti and topped with a trifecta of toppings, think shredded cheese, onions, oyster crackers and beans. This dish is often served in a “five-way” format, where all the toppings are present, but can also be customized as a “four-way” or “three-way” depending on your preference. It’s confusing, I know, but the true magic of Cincinnati chili lies in its secret blend of spices, which includes cinnamon, allspice, and a hint of chocolate, giving it a distinct flavor that sets it apart from traditional chili.
This dish is a beloved local favorite, and can be found at many restaurants and chili parlors throughout Cincinnati and the surrounding area – but we’ve developed the perfect “Cincy at Home” recipe for you right here at Honest Cooking.Print
Kalle Bergman is a food writer and media entrepreneur who is the founder of Honest Cooking and PAIR Magazine. As a food writer, his writing has been regularly featured in publications like Gourmet, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Serious Eats. He is obsessed with simple food, more often than not from his native Scandinavia.