Cincinnati Chili

I was inspired to make our favorite baseball snack, Cheese Coneys, after watching ‘Casey at the Bat’ in Disney’s ‘Make Mine Music‘(available here). We live in Virginia and don’t always have our favorite canned chili available, so we came up with this recipe.

Cincinnati Chili’s unexpected flavor combinations and thinner consistency is like no other chili and will make you crave it even more. Unlike Texas chili, it’s less spicy with a slightly hidden sweet flavor. I always thought cocoa was the secret ingredient, but the way the meat is cooked is how it won in popularity!

My personal favorite order at the chili parlor was a 3-way; spaghetti, chili and topped with a mountain of cheese. My kids love to eat it on their hot dogs, with mustard, onions and tons of shredded cheese. The Cincinnati Chili recipe is hard to duplicate, but this recipe is very close!

Cincinnati Chili

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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1 Tbsp olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp chili powder
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp ground cayenne pepper
½ tsp ground allspice
¼ tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
3 cups beef broth
1 (6 oz) can tomato paste
1 Tbsp white vinegar
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
2 bay leaves
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
1 lb ground beef


In a Dutch oven over medium heat, brown onions in olive oil. Cook onion until softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir in garlic, chili powder, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, allspice, cloves, cumin, and cocoa powder until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add broth, tomato paste, vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Stir in the ground beef, breaking it up with a fork and bring chili to boil. Boil until meat is thoroughly cooked, about 30 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer until thickened, about 1 hour.

Remove bay leaves and serve over cooked spaghetti or hot dogs with desired toppings such as cheese, beans, diced onions, and oyster crackers.

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Hi, I'm Esther. I'm the author of the blog 'A Magical Kingdom called Home'. I'm a LEO wife and stay-at-home mom of 2. I want to share my love for family, food, and Disney thru weekly movie night fun!

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