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Cincinnati-Style Chili – Food Wishes ctm magazine

It’s always treacherous attempting an iconic, regional specialty like Cincinnati-style chili, especially when you’ve never actually had the “real thing.” People are very protective of these types of dishes, and any variance from what they think the recipe should be is met with a visceral condemnation. On the other hand, the food Gods hate a coward, and so I made it anyway.

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  • 35 years ago. I got some Turkey chili with no Beans. I tried it on Spaghetti and liked it. I am from CA and never heard about the Mid West doing the same thing. Until I saw this on the Food Network. I just had what I do for dinner tonight.

  • Clyde Blair on May 17, 2021

    Cincinnati is a very nice town with iconic restaurants, a very good orchestra and institutions, and the great ribs at the Montgomery Inn. The mystery seasoning is straight Greek, like a Detroit coney. Failed to mention their great zoo. By the way, Italians think Americans who fold up pizza are barbarians.

  • G M on May 17, 2021

    There are too many incessantly boring and repetitive YouTube ads in your video.

  • Renee Barger on May 17, 2021

    Whhhaaaattt? Chili without chilies 🌶? My grandma would call that gravy.

  • Jzf Vos on May 17, 2021

    This might be the only recipe i will not enjoy. This stuff is the worst 🤣💩

  • Robert Smith on May 18, 2021

    Next time try adding some unsweetened chocolate .

  • TheMiddleClass TAXSLAVE on May 18, 2021

    I’ve had the “pleasure” of eating this twice … as a thoroughbred Italian … when in Rome , do like the Romans. 1st time I had it, my taste buds said “WTF!”, second time I had it, my taste buds said “WTF not again!” I gave it a second chance, never a 3rd that’s for sure. If you are even 1% Italian, steer clear of this dish. You’ve been warned.

  • joedirt racing on May 19, 2021

    Skyline restaurant

  • Rob Crawford on May 20, 2021

    Meh. Twirl if you want.

  • Gelus Venn on May 21, 2021

    I just made this for dinner, real good stuff. I also made a nice cheese sauce and basically poached some hot dogs in the chili so the roommates who balked at the idea of eating chili over noodles could have coney dogs instead, all in all a real solid and delicious recipe. 10/10.

  • Tauisha Stinson on May 21, 2021

    You forgot to add a little bit of chocolate…

  • Richard Sullivan on May 23, 2021

    If you serve chili over rice,you can call it jailhouse chili,that's what they serve people in jail

  • Michael Vos on May 27, 2021

    John, love your recipes … I lived in Cincinnati for 30 years and love Skyline Chili. Anxious to try yours.
    That said, you need to get a grant and do a study on Cincinnati chili. It is truly part of the local culture. Twirling the spaghetti, is OK, but you are correct about not getting meat on the fork. There are several commercial varieties in Cincinnati and they basically vary on sauce thickness. It’s also important to have a “Cheese Coney” (or 2) on the side, for either an appetizer and/or desert. And as always … Enjoy !

  • Jackie O'Neal on May 27, 2021

    Yeah you cooked a lot too long

  • Jackie O'Neal on May 27, 2021

    Yeah I'm gonna need you to go to Cincinnati and get a real 3 way which is spaghetti chilli and cheese. It's a very unique flavour for you. Then you will really understand.

  • Mark McCall on May 30, 2021

    Your texas friends do indeed disagree

  • S Joshua Geers on May 31, 2021

    A five way is beans. Oyster crackers are always served on the side, and are not included in the numbering system, lol. A local joint, Blue Ash Chili, was on Diners, Drive Ins and Dives and they made a 6 way which included fried jalapeño bottle caps. Perfect.

  • Nick Tepe on June 6, 2021

    No Chocolate!?!?

  • Nick Tepe on June 6, 2021

    Pro Cinci tips, add cocoa powder.
    Put this on hot dogs with mustard, onion, and cheese to get a cheese coney.
    This chili also goes great over a baked potato or in a tortilla
    enjoy : )

  • Anthony Silva on June 24, 2021


  • Hand Of God on July 10, 2021

    Many states in usa I will never visit out of racism fears. I'll try the recipe but will avoid this state.

  • klschug on July 20, 2021

    Icky Woods of shouldn'ts and should had me rolling!!!

  • Bambina L on July 21, 2021

    Allspice, cloves???!!!! *** MIND BLOWN**

  • Bambina L on July 21, 2021

    Icky Woods — He used to stay at his Cousin's apartment in Fresno – I was their neighbor. Nice people actually.

  • Flea Christenson on July 25, 2021

    No. No no no. So spaghetts in chili! No! This is so wrong. So wrong.

  • C. Kimball on July 26, 2021

    Most annoying voice over ever

  • T R on July 30, 2021

    Don’t worry….. 5 way has been deemed illegal in most countries (cheese, beans, onion, chili and noodles) 🤪 this is delicious!

  • d turpin on July 31, 2021

    I'm making this so I can have my chilito fix. Thanks Chef John!

  • Cambrodia on August 3, 2021

    Looks good but why do you speak like a deflating balloon? Very jarring cadence.

  • mark riffey on August 7, 2021

    I think garam masala substitutes nicely for the cinnamon, allspice, and clove mix. Also, bay leaves are useless.

  • Drew on August 12, 2021

    I know wealthy people aren’t true New Yorkers, but the whole fork-and-knife pizza thing is a sin against all that is holy.

    That being said, here are some people from NYC who have committed this unholy act.

    – Donald Trump (to be honest he has probably had his NYC citizenship revoked)
    – Mayor Bill de Blasio (born in NYC, raised elsewhere)
    – other politicians

  • zooguy52 on August 23, 2021

    try using parm cheese, hotdogs and onions!….a much better alternative!!…and btw….twirl away!!!

  • Viking Gypsy on August 25, 2021

    Skyline Chili is the original Cincinnati Chili. A Greek family mixed the chili with spaghetti noodles AND the original location is on one of the seven hills of Cincinnati which is the Western hill which has a view of the skyline of Cincinnati. That’s how they got the name and their logo. They are the best.

    Also, yeast is in their recipe. It’s the 4th ingredient listed on their canned chili. And, make sure to boil the beef in water. That is how the texture of the beef gets so fine.

  • Transformation Station on August 31, 2021


  • West Burns on September 5, 2021

    Looks……………………………………………………………. ……………………………………………………………………… nasty!!!

  • Critical Thought on September 15, 2021

    The cadence of your voice is like a roller coaster

  • KI Coaster Guy on September 22, 2021

    I've lived in this region my entire life and I have to be honest, I'm a fork twirler. I guess I'm a fake Ohioan.

  • Crazy Neighbour on October 27, 2021

    Saaaallllttt it is

  • Tina Keller on October 29, 2021

    If someone is looking for a copycat recipe of local Skyline Chili, (which is very popular in Cincinnati,) this is the best copycat recipe I've come across, with some very minor changes. The spice measurements are on point. But, use 1 1/2 lbs ground beef-no more. I simmer mine uncovered for 90 mins. Other than these changes, this recipe in legit.

  • Sharon Vance on November 13, 2021

    It would be more authentic if you added chocolate. Otherwise if us very close to origjnal.

  • lionchamp29 on December 5, 2021

    open both ends of can and push one direction…

  • Tyler K Fisher on December 11, 2021


  • hastycontemplation on December 17, 2021

    I grew up eating this and it is delicious, the spice combination is very unique and one of my favorites. My grandma really liked it and she called it chili spaghett- not pronouncing the "i". I like it a little more runny than your first batch. Cincinnati had some historical chili parlors throughout the city. I believe the parlors originated from a Turkish group of people who settled here. I think they were from Turkey but could be wrong but it is, like you said, a middle eastern flavor.

  • Charlie Stout on December 22, 2021

    As a cincinnati native and a huge chef John fan, it makes me so increidbly proud reading the comments. Out of all of chef Johns regional recipes, i have never seen more pride in his other regional recipes. I also never knew chef john has such a following in the greatest city in the world

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