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Bowl of chili with spaghetti twirled around a fork.

Cincinnati Chili (Saveur)

Cincinatti style chili for a crowd. Perfect for a game day chili bar or tailgate!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chili, cincinatti, spaghetti, style
Budget Frugal
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 6
Calories 927kcal


  • Large pot
  • Small pot
  • Large skillet.


  • tbsp. olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 2 medium yellow onions finely chopped
  • lbs. ground beef
  • 2 tbsp. chili powder
  • tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ½ tsp. ground allspice
  • ½ tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp. celery seed
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ lb. dried spaghetti
  • 15 oz. can red kidney beans rinsed under hot water and drained
  • 4 cups finely grated cheddar cheese
  • Oyster crackers


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add garlic and half of the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 5–6 minutes.
  • Add beef, chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cumin, oregano, nutmeg, celery seed, bay leaf, and salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until well browned, 6–8 minutes.
  • Spoon out and discard any accumulated 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 over medium-high heat. Add spaghetti and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 8–10 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.


Calories: 927kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 160mg | Sodium: 1243mg | Potassium: 1187mg | Fiber: 11g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2584IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 669mg | Iron: 7mg