This famous chili recipe was created by Nicholas Lambrinides, a Greek immigrant who founded a popular chain of chili restaurants in Cincinnati, Ohio in 1949. The inventor’s Greek roots can clearly be seen in the unique blend of spices. As you will see, this chili is quite different from the more common Southwestern style chili you are probably used to. The secrets to this recipe are the long slow cooking as well as the overnight refrigeration, which removes any excess fat. I’ve also included the five ways to order this wonderfully different chili in a restaurant, which is usually served over spaghetti pasta.
Cincinnati Skyline Chili : Ingredients
- 1 liter of water (cold)
- 2 pounds
- Ground beef
- 2 cups of crushed tomatoes
- 2 yellow onions (diced)
- 4 cloves of garlic (chopped)
- 1 tablespoon
- Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cayenne
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/4 teaspoon clove (ground)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- Optional: cooked spaghetti pasta to serve the chili
Cincinnati Skyline Chili : Preparation
- Add beef and water to a 4-quart pot. Bring to a boil, stirring until ground beef is in very small pieces. Simmer for 30 minutes and add remaining ingredients.
- Simmer uncovered on low heat for 3 hours. Add water if necessary if the chili becomes too thick.
- Refrigerate chili overnight; the next day, remove the top layer of fat before reheating and serving.
Cincinnati’s Skyline Chili Order Code
- Just the chili
- Chili served over spaghetti noodles
- Chili, spaghetti and shredded cheddar cheese
- Chili, spaghetti, cheese and onions
- Chili, spaghetti, cheese, onions and beans
All served with oyster crackers.
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
- Calories 438
- Total Fat 19 g
- Saturated Fat 7 g
- Unsaturated fat 8 g
- Cholesterol 135 mg
- Sodium 916 mg
- Carbohydrates 21 g
- Dietary fiber 5 g
- Protein 47 g
(The nutritional information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate). Individual results may vary).