Easy Cincinnati Chili

This Classic Cincinnati Chili goes great on Hot Dogs or Pasta. Easy to make and ready in a little under 3 hours.

cincinnati chili in a bowl

It’s no secret I love making Chili. Heck my Signature Chili Recipe is what really got me hooked on cooking. This Cincinnati Chili recipe is not only easy to make, but it also tastes delicious!

This chili is a little different than my other Chili Recipes. This particular chili was originally made to go on Hot Dogs or Spaghetti. The consistency of this chili is much thinner than my other chili recipes.

chili on hot dog

Don’t let that fool you though, this Cincinnati Chili is packed full of flavor. The cinnamon really stands out which I love. One of the things I like about this chili is that it’s not spicy at all. Which means you can serve it to those that don’t like spicy food.

chili on spaghetti

Unlike many of my other Chili recipes, this one does not have any beans in it. Only ground beef, onion, tomato sauce and some seasonings.

I recommend using the leanest ground beef you can find otherwise you might have a little too much grease in the chili juice.

chili on two hot dogs

Cincinnati Chili is typically served on hot dogs to make a chili dog but it’s also served over pasta. Imagine a bed of spaghetti topped with this Cincinnati chili, chopped onions and cheese? Yummy!

chili on spaghetti

You will need the following ingredients to make this Easy Cincinnati Chili recipe (see recipe card for quantities): Ground Beef, Water, Yellow Onion, Chili Powder, Ground Cumin, Ground Cinnamon, Bay Leaf, Garlic Cloves, Tomato Sauce and Apple Cider Vinegar.

  1. In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the ground beef, water and chopped onion. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  2. Add the chili powder, ground cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, garlic, tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Simmer for another 2 hours.
  3. Remove the bay leaf and serve with desired toppings.

Printable Recipe Card

Easy Cincinnati Chili

Easy Cincinnati Chili

This Classic Cincinnati Chili goes great on Hot Dogs or Pasta. Easy to make and ready in a little under 3 hours.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time2 hours 30 minutes
Total Time2 hours 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 421 kcal

Equipment

  • Large Pot

Ingredients
 

  • 2 lbs Ground Beef, lean
  • 4 Cups Water
  • 1 Yellow Onion, diced
  • 4 Tsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Bay Leaf, cracked
  • 4 Garlic Cloves, minced
  • 15 oz Tomato Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot over medium-high heat, combine the ground beef, water and chopped onion. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Add the chili powder, ground cumin, cinnamon, bay leaf, garlic, tomato sauce and apple cider vinegar. Stir to combine. Simmer for another 2 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaf and serve with desired toppings.

Nutrition

Calories: 421kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 28gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 512mgPotassium: 719mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 841IUVitamin C: 7mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 4mg

Nutritional information provided for this recipe is based on 1 serving. This information is an estimate and may vary based on several factors. If nutritional information is important to you and your diet, please verify this recipe with a Registered Dietitian.

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  1. Heather says:

    This Cincinnati chili is to die for. I used it on hot dogs, then decided to try it on spaghetti as mentioned. It was so good on the spaghetti that I will use this recipe from now on. Great recipe.