Homemade Cincinnati Chili

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Yes, it's weird, and yes, it is absolutely wonderful. Here's how to make the iconic Cincinnati Chili.


  • 2 lbs ground beef, or pork / beef mix
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 3 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 1/3 cup dark chocolate shavings
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • shredded cheese to top
  • oyster crackers
  • rest of the chopped onion
  • black beans


  1. In a large pot or Dutch oven, brown the ground beef over medium-high heat until it is fully cooked. Drain any excess fat.
  2. Add 2/3 of the chopped onion and garlic to the pot and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the onion is translucent.
  3. Stir in the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and cayenne pepper. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the spices are fragrant.
  4. Stir in the tomato paste and beef broth, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  5. Reduce the heat to low and let the chili simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the flavors have melded together and the chili has thickened.
  6. Stir in the dark chocolate chips and let them melt into the chili.
  7. Season the chili with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Serve the chili over cooked spaghetti, topped with shredded cheese, the rest of the onions, oyster crackers, and beans.

Keywords: chili, chili con carne, cincinnati, comfort food

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