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
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: 388 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 47mg cholesterol, 523mg sodium, 52g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 10g fiber), 37g 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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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 251913
Reviewed Jul. 27, 2016

"I didn't really care for the cinnamon, allspice and cloves in this chili. Just a preference. I won't make this again."

Angel182009 User ID: 6228642 231916
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."

anselr User ID: 2011539 214159
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!"

heatherbeaver User ID: 739214 212945
Reviewed Oct. 30, 2014

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

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 198176
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."

rwippel User ID: 4262008 212944
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!"

havingfunwithmyfamily User ID: 7043692 182555
Reviewed Oct. 31, 2013

"Wow! What a wonderful spin on the usual chili recipes. I loved the idea of serving chili over spaghetti noodles, and loading it with my favorite chili toppings! I was definitely intrigued by the sweet spices, and chocolate in chili. They gave it a wonderful exotic flavor. The only changes I made was adding sliced mushrooms with the onions and garlic, and adding a little extra broth. Delicious! I can't wait to make it, again!"

CatMurphy User ID: 7117971 137481
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2013

"This chili recipe is delicious! I usually make Texas style chili, so I was a little apprehensive over using the cinnamon, allspice and cloves. Trust me, it adds such a depth in flavor. My company had to have the recipe."

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