Written by DEPKES.ORG March 2023
Cincinnati Chili is a meaty, rich, and uniquely spiced chili from Cincinnati, Ohio. Serve authentic Cincinnati chili recipe over hot spaghetti with your choice of toppings. Don’t forget the cheese and oyster crackers!
1. The Seasonings
Chili powder and cumin are required for almost any chili recipe, but in Cincinnati chili, you’ll find spices like cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and possibly nutmeg, paprika, and/or oregano. Worcestershire sauce is also a standard ingredient. A little unsweetened chocolate or cocoa powder is controversial, but not unheard of.
2. No Browning, No Sautéing
There’s no sautéing, and there's no olive oil. This counters everything you’ve ever been taught about building up layers of flavor in a soup or stew
3. The Toppings
You don’t put beans in Cincinnati chili. You may, however, put beans on top of the chili. Minced raw onion, fluffy piles of finely grated mild cheddar cheese, and oyster crackers are also traditional accompaniments. At a chili parlor, they call these “ways,” as in 2-Way, 3-Way, and so on up to a 5-Way, which has chili, beans, onions, and cheese over spaghetti.
4. Ways to Serve Cincinnati Chili
-2-Way: Chili served over spaghetti. -3-Way: Chili served over spaghetti with finely shredded cheddar cheese. -4-Way: Chili served over spaghetti with diced onions and finely shredded cheddar cheese. -5-Way: Chili served over spaghetti with warmed canned red kidney beans, diced onions, and finely shredded cheddar cheese.