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Authentic Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili on a plate with cheese and crackers on top

Authentic Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili (Skyline copycat)

Gina Dickson
This homemade copycat recipe for authentic tasting Instant Pot Cincinnati chile will become a quick and easy family favorite. The sweet and savory sauce is spiced with cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, garlic all infused with beef hamburger and tomato sauce.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
boil hamburger 10 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 10
Calories 359 kcal


  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef 80/20
  • 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 paprika
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon A-1 sauce
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup white sugar

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  • Add your ground beef to the Instant Pot pan along with two quarts of water. Turn the Instant Pot to the saute function. Cook hamburger in the water until all red is gone. It should take 7 to 8 minutes. Be sure to stir several times throughout the cooking process. The hamburger should be small and crumbly.
  • Drain water from the cooked hamburger and return the meat to the instant pot pan.
  • Add the seasonings, tomato paste, chili powder, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, salt, black pepper garlic powder, onion powder, sugar, paprika, and A-1 sauce. Stir well to mix in all the seasonings with the cooked hamburger.
  • Add the liquids, tomato sauce, white vinegar, and water. Stir so, all the ingredients are blended together evenly.
  • Lock on the lid, bring the Instant Pot to high pressure, and cook time for 30 minutes. When the time is up let the pressure come down naturally.
  • Unlock on the lid and serve over cooked spaghetti and toppings of your choice.

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How to serve
The traditional way to serve the chili is two-way, chili over spaghetti, but you must decide if you want cheese, onions, or beans added to the chili. Also, don't forget, hot sauce and oyster crackers are served on the side with each plate. 
  • Two-Way: Chili on top of spaghetti
  • Three-Way: Chili on top of spaghetti with tons of cheese shredded on top
  • Four-Way: Chopped onions added to the three-way
  • Five-Way: Beans added to the four-way
  • Coney: Vienna sausage or hot dogs with mustard, topped with chili, onions, and cheese on a steamed bun


Serving: 2cupsCalories: 359kcalCarbohydrates: 17gProtein: 21gFat: 23gSaturated Fat: 9gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 832mgPotassium: 657mgFiber: 2gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 822IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 3mg
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