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  • Writer's pictureJenn Clayton

Copycat Skyline Cincinnati Chili

Homemade version of the famous Skyline Chili!! But.....maybe better??!!??

Unique & flavorful!! Add to spaghetti for a the full Skyline version!!

Full recipe in video below!


  • 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 lb lean ground beef- 96%

  • Add the 5 cups of water in a large pot or Dutch oven.

  • 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.

6 Servings:

3sp (all plans)

147 Calories

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