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Copycat Skyline Cincinnati Chili | Unique and flavorful, this regional chili is rich, meaty, packed with spices, and can be served in so many ways!  Try Cincinnati's spin on chili! | https://www.thechunkychef.com | #dinner #cincinnati #chili #copycat #homemade #easyrecipe
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Copycat Skyline Cincinnati Chili

Homemade copycat Skyline Cincinnati chili... unique and flavorful, this regional delicacy is easy to make at home for way less than the restaurant charges!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time1 hour 35 minutes
Course: Entree, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Calories: 171kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef


  • 5 cups water
  • 6 oz can of Tomato paste
  • 1/2 oz baking chocolate (unsweetened - I use Baker's brand)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes, or less, depending on your desired heat level
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 lb lean ground beef


  • Add the water to a large pot.  I like to use my dutch oven for this.
  • Add the tomato paste and chocolate and heat over medium heat stirring to combine for about 3 minutes. (I stir with a whisk to really break up the tomato paste)
  • Add chili powder, cinnamon, garlic powder, cumin, allspice, cloves, red pepper flakes, black pepper, salt, sugar and vinegar.
  • Next, crumble the raw ground beef into the pot with your fingers, then use a potato masher, whisk or fork to break up the meat into very fine pieces.
  • Turn heat to high to bring to a boil.
  • Once boiling, turn the heat down to med-low.
  • Cook, uncovered, for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, at a low boil.. stirring occasionally until sauce has thickened quite a bit.
  • Serve over thin spaghetti or a hot dog.



Optional toppings include shredded cheddar cheese, diced white or yellow onion, kidney beans, oyster crackers and hot sauce.


Calories: 171kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 590mg | Potassium: 646mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 455IU | Vitamin C: 6.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 3.8mg