Cincinnati Chili - Recipe

Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Cincinnati chili is a chili unlike any other, filled with a beguiling mix of Mediterranean spices and chili powder, a beloved regional favorite. Make it tonight with this recipe.
Course Main Course, Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 336 kcal


  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • 1 quart + one cup tomato juice canned
  • 1 whole large onion
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder more or less as desired
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground all spice
  • 1 teaspoon milled black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 whole bay leaves
  • 1.5 teaspoons vinegar I used red wine vinegar
  • 2 large dashes Worcestershire sauce


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large pot. Submerge the onion.
  2. Break up the uncooked beef as fine as you can.
  3. Cook on medium-low heat, uncovered, for two hours, stirring every 20 mins.
  4. Remove onion and bay leaves.
  5. Serve with your favorite fixins.

Recipe Notes

Heat Factor: Mild

To Serve:

Or, serve it over a hot dog with mustard, onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

Nutrition Facts
Cincinnati Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 336 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 80mg27%
Sodium 1032mg43%
Potassium 756mg22%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 1890IU38%
Vitamin C 29.6mg36%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3.8mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.