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Cincinnati Chili

Authentic Cincinnati Chili, made famous by Skyline,has the perfect medley of unexpected spices and is served over spaghetti with piles of cheddar cheese.
Course Dinner, gluten free main dish, main dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 205kcal
Author Melissa Erdelac

Ingredients

  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 8 ounce can tomato sauce
  • 6 ounce can tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 pounds LEAN ground beef

FOR SERVING: cooked spaghetti or hot dogs

    TOPPINGS: lots of shredded cheddar cheese, chopped onion, and kidney beans

      Instructions

      SLOW COOKER INSTRUCTIONS:

      • In a slow cooker mix together everything except ground beef. Add ground beef to slow cooker, breaking up meat with spoon.
      • Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 6 hours. Serve on cooked spaghetti or hot dogs with desired toppings.

      INSTANT POT:

      • Using sauté function, cook ground beef and onion together for about 8 minutes, or until beef is browned. Add garlic and sauté for 30 seconds more. Hit CANCEL and drain any liquid.
      • To the instant pot add the remaining ingredients EXCEPT TOMATO PASTE.  Stir to combine and secure on lid with valve sealed.
      • Cook on HIGH PRESSURE for 20 minutes then use quick release. After valve goes down, take off lid and stir in enough tomato paste for desired thickness. Serve on cooked spaghetti or hot dogs with desired toppings.

      STOVE TOP:

      • In a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat, sauté ground beef and onion together until beef is browned, about 5-7 minutes. Drain any excess liquid. Add garlic to pot and sauté 30 seconds more. 
      • Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine. Bring to boil, then simmer UNCOVERED for 1 hour or until chili has reduced and thickened. Serve on cooked spaghetti or hot dogs with desired toppings.

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        Notes

        Nutrition calculated WITHOUT cooked spaghetti or hot dogs.
        Recipe adapted from Family Circle

        Nutrition

        Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 802mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1040IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4.3mg