Chili over Spaghetti (Cincinnati Chili)

Pat Duran


This recipe is from Saveur. This has warm spices, cheese, onions,kidney beans and is said to be an enduring American Classic.Sounds good so I made it - my family loved it. So we will be having this again.


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4 servings
15 Min
40 Min
Stove Top


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  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 5 clove
    garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 medium
    yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 1 1/2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp
    ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp
    each -ground allspice,cloves, cumin, nutmeg
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp
    celery seed
  • 1
    dried bay leaf
  • ·
    kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 c
    tomato sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 c
  • 3/4 lb
    dried spaghetti
  • 15 oz
    can red kidney beans, rinsed under hot water and drained
  • 4 c
    finely grated cheddar cheese
  • ·
    oyster crackers

How to Make Chili over Spaghetti (Cincinnati Chili)


  1. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and 1/2 of the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned about 5-6 minutes.
    Add beef, and all seasoning and cook stirring occasionally, until well browned 6-8 minutes.
    Tilt skillet and spoon out any fat. Add tomato sauce, cocoa powder and 1 cup water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, partially covered, until somewhat thick, about 25 minutes.
    Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.Add spaghetti and cook stirring occasionally, until tender about 8 minutes; drain.
    Put beans into a small pot and cook over medium heat, covered, stirring occasionally, until hot throughout.
    Divide spaghetti between 4 large bowls.
    Top with chili, cheese, remaining onions, and beans. Serve hot, with oyster crackers on the side.

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About Chili over Spaghetti (Cincinnati Chili)

Main Ingredient: Pasta
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tags: Quick & Easy, Healthy, Heirloom

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