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This Cincinnati chili recipe is ideal to your subsequent bowl of pasta or selfmade burger!

Cincinnati chili is a Mediterranean meat sauce that’s beneficiant with the spices. Itโ€™s historically used as pasta sauce or a topping for burgers or scorching canines.

A close up view of a yellow casserole dish containing some pasta on the bottom level, Cincinnati chili in the middle, ad some grated cheddar cheese on top.

We donโ€™t actually do scorching canines round right here, however we positively do pasta and burgers! That is fantastically scrumptious over both and stop filling as nicely.


People who find themselves anticipating an everyday bowl of chili will likely be disenchanted. This isn’t actually chili in any respect. Itโ€™s served extra like a sauce or condiment and is way heavier on the spices than conventional chili. The cocoa powder, cinnamon, allspice and cloves give it a unique taste profile than common chili as nicely.


There are numerous methods to serve this scrumptious meat sauce. These are only a few to get you began:

  • Ladled over pasta.
  • Spooned over selfmade fries
  • In a bowl with cheese and chopped, crimson onions excessive. (You possibly can even add scorching sauce!)
  • Spooned on high of a burger earlier than including your high bun. (Assume, โ€œsloppy joeโ€)
  • Stirred into rice.

A yellow casserole dish filled with Cincinnati chili covered pasta, sits next to a wooden sign that says, "eat".


โ€œThe Mediterranean affect is a results of Macedonian immigrants inventing the dish. Woellert says the origins of Cincinnati chili could be traced again to a small burlesque theater referred to as The Empress the place, in 1922, a number of Macedonian brothers began serving chili on high of spaghetti, labeling it โ€œchili mac.โ€ (supply)โ€

I also needs to add that, this meat sauce is child pleasant! Whereas heavy on the spices, itโ€™s not truly โ€œspicyโ€ within the warmth sense. So the littles will take pleasure in this too. Significantly over pasta!

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A close up view of a yellow casserole dish containing some pasta on the bottom level, Cincinnati chili in the middle, ad some grated cheddar cheese on top.

Cincinnati Chili Recipe

A scrumptious meat sauce you possibly can serve over pasta or on burgers! Notice that that is sometimes made with beef. This recipe makes use of floor turkey, however notes are made within the recipe should you want to make use of floor beef.

Course: Burgers, Pasta, Sauce

Delicacies: Mediterranean

Key phrase: chili recipe, cincinnati chili

Yield: 4 servings

Energy: 250 kcal

Creator: The Gracious Pantry


  • 1 lb. floor turkey (or floor beef)
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 2 cups hen broth (no sugar added, low sodium is greatest – If utilizing beef, use beef broth as a substitute of hen broth)
  • 6 oz. can tomato paste
  • 1 tbsp. floor cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. floor nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. floor allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. floor cloves
  • 1 tbsp. floor cumin
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. salt (plus extra to style if wanted at serving)

Optionally available Toppings for serving:

  • chopped onions
  • cooked pinto beans (stir them in)
  • grated cheese


  1. Utilizing a medium pot, place the oil and turkey into the pot and, over excessive warmth, stir the turkey till it is browned.

  2. Now add all different substances and stir to mix. Scale back warmth to medium and proceed cooking till the meat is cooked by means of and the spices have had an opportunity to impart their flavors. About 5-10 minutes.

  3. Serve over pasta or burgers with any non-obligatory toppings you care to make use of.

Recipe Notes

Please notice that the diet knowledge given here’s a ballpark determine. Precise knowledge will not be doable. Knowledge doesn’t embody non-obligatory toppings.

Diet Details

Cincinnati Chili Recipe

Quantity Per Serving (0.25 the recipe)

Energy 250 Energy from Fats 81

% Every day Worth*

Fats 9g14%

Saturated Fats 2g13%

Ldl cholesterol 62mg21%

Sodium 1371mg60%

Potassium 1070mg31%

Carbohydrates 18g6%

Fiber 7g29%

Sugar 6g7%

Protein 31g62%

Vitamin A 1819IU36%

Vitamin C 18mg22%

Calcium 114mg11%

Iron 6mg33%

* P.c Every day Values are primarily based on a 2000 calorie diet.