Cincinnati-Style Chili Recipe
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Cincinnati-Style Chili Recipe

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My husband had this type of chili when visiting a friend in Ohio and was super- thrilled when I made it at home. Our favorite way to serve it is five-way with spaghetti, cheese, onions and beans. —Tari Ambler, Shorewood, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES:10 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Cook: 6 hours
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 2 pounds extra-lean ground turkey
  • 2 medium onions, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) no-salt-added tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 package (16 ounces) whole wheat spaghetti
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1-1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium onion, chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 388 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 47 mg cholesterol, 523 mg sodium, 52 g carbohydrate, 10 g fiber, 37 g protein.


  1. In a nonstick Dutch oven coated with cooking spray, cook turkey, onions and garlic until turkey is no longer pink. Transfer to a 3-qt. slow cooker.
  2. In a large bowl, combine tomato sauce, broth, vinegar, chocolate and seasonings; pour over turkey mixture. Cook, covered, on low 6-8 hours.
  3. Cook spaghetti according to package directions; drain. Remove bay leaf from chili. For each serving, place 3/4 cup spaghetti in a bowl. Top with about 2/3 cup chili, 3 tablespoons kidney beans, 2 tablespoons cheese and 1 tablespoon chopped onion. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Cincinnati-Style Chili in Taste of Home September/October 2013

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Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"I'm from the Cincinnati area and this taste just like it! So delicious and simple to make. I will be making this regularly. I left out the chocolate and cider vinegar because I was out."

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2014

"Loved it! Reminded us of some we've had at a restaurant chain and was just as good. Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

"Was not my cup of tea. The chocolate in it was too overpowering."

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"All the right ingredients except for true Skyline Chile you need boiled ground beef. Let the chili chill for 12- 24 hours and remove the beef fat from the top. Great on hotdogs with some diced onions."

Reviewed Nov. 4, 2013

"I use to work at Skyline chili when I was younger so I like to think I know a thing or two about Cincinnati chili :) this was very good. And I loved that it's on the lighter side. It's also low in sodium so I gave the recipe to my mother. She made it for my grandfather, and they loved it too. Great dish!"

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