Cincinnati Chili is one of our family’s favorite comfort foods. There really is nothing quite like it and it’s always a fun meal to serve to guest because it is so unusual and oh so delicious.

Cincinnati Chili


A perfect copy cat recipe for Cincinnati Chili you can make at home.



  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 15 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion salt
  • 2 teaspoons A-1 sauce
  • 1 quart water
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


  1. Boil beef in enough water to cover meat until all pink is gone, about 10 minutes
  2. Drain meat and return to large stock pot.
  3. Or you can boil the meat right in the sauce and leave in the fat for a more original chili
  4. Put all other ingredients in stock pot and allow to simmer for at least 3 hours
  5. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with pinto beans, chopped onions, finely shredded cheddar cheese, hot sauce and oyster crackers.

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