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Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Preview: Cincinnati Chili is mildly spicy with cinnamon and pork and beans. It’s a distinctive bowl of red.

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What is Cincinnati Chili?

The addition of cinnamon means this is not traditional Texas chili. However, this recipe has a charm of its own. As a Texan, I felt the need to double the amount of chili powder. I might have tripled it.

If you want to follow the recipe, cook this chili in a slow cooker. However, you could easily use an Instant Pot or simmer on top of the stove for similar results.

I can’t explain why, but I love to pour this chili over a plate of spaghetti and top with Cheddar. It’s the bomb!

Yield: 8

Cincinnati Chili Recipe

cincinnati chili in a bread bowl

Traditional Cincinnati Chili includes pork and beans and a touch of cinnamon.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 1 16-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1-1/2 cup water
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 15-ounce cans pork and bean


  1. Brown ground beef and onions. Drain excess grease.
  2. Stir in chili powder and cinnamon. Add remaining ingredients.
  3. Simmer in a slow cooker on LOW for 4-8 hours.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 614Total Fat: 35gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 194mgSodium: 1009mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 3gSugar: 3gProtein: 62g

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