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If you are looking for a meaty chili, make this Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili. It is loaded with flavor and the combination of the spices makes this the best chili.

Close up image of Cincinnati Chili on cooked noodles in a bowl with a fork
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Crock Pot Cincinnati Chili is a twist on your classic Chili Recipe. Making this chili in the slow cooker allows you dump everything in and let the crockpot do all the work.

We love making Slow Cooker Recipes especially chili. Being a mom of 8, we make a lot of chili for game day parties and this is one of our favorites. If you love this chili recipe, try this recipe – Slow Cooker Brisket Chili or Easy Crock Pot Chili.

What is Cincinnati Chili?

Cincinnati Chili Recipe Slow Cooker is a meaty chili that can be served over hot dogs or spaghetti. This hearty chili originated in Cincinnati, Ohio by two brothers and is being served as Skyline Chili in a former employee’s restaurant.

This chili is delicious served with your favorite topping but it is best known to be served with a large helping of cheese.

This chili is delicious made in the slow cooker or you can make it Stovetop Cincinnati Chili.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients for Cincinnati Chili - Ground Beef, olive oil, onion, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chili powder, apple cider vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire Sauce, chocolate, chicken broth, garlic, cinnamon, oregano, salt, red pepper flakes, allspice, garlic cloves, bay leaf, cooked spaghetti, cheese, beans
  • Ground Beef
  • Olive Oil 
  • Onion (finely chopped) 
  • Tomato Sauce (8 ounces each) 
  • Tomato Paste 
  • Chili Powder
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Sugar 
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Grated Unsweetened Chocolate
  • Chicken Broth 
  • Water 
  • Minced Garlic
  • Ground Cinnamon
  • Dried Oregano
  • Salt
  • Red Pepper Flakes 
  • Ground Allspice
  • Ground Cloves
  • Bay Leaf 

For Serving: 

  • Cooked Spaghetti 
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese 
  • Chopped Onions 
  • Red Kidney Beans 

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Variations Ideas:

  • Meat – We used ground beef in this recipe but you can easily substitute with ground turkey or lean ground beef. Feel free do a combination of both for a delicious turkey chili.
  • Broth – You can substitute the chicken broth with beef broth if you prefer.
  • Spices – There are a lot of spices that are used in this recipe. Feel free to substitute or an in what you prefer. We have added in brown sugar, cumin or cloves garlic instead of minced garlic.
  • Cocoa Powder – Substitute the unsweetened chocolate with cocoa powder if you prefer.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Step 1 – Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Break it up as it cooked.  Cook for 5-7 minutes until the beef is browned and cooked through.  Drain off any excess grease. 

Cooking ground beef in a skillet with a wooden spoon

Step 2 – Add the beef to the crock pot. 

Step 3 – Stir in the remaining ingredients including allspice and ground cloves.

The ground beef added to the crock pot with all the other remaining ingredients and stirred together.

Step 4 – Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours. 

Step 5 – Remove the bay leaf and serve over spaghetti noodles with your desired toppings.  Enjoy!   

Recipe Tips:

  • Combining Ingredients – After cooking the ground beef, combine the ingredients in the slow cooker. Stir until completely combined.
  • Cooking Time – You can cook the chili on low or high in your crockpot.
Cincinnati Chili in a slow cooker with a serving on a ladle

How to Serve:

Cincinnati style chili is usually serve on top of cooked spaghetti noodles. When you order from the chili parlors, there are different ways that you can order it. We recommend adding a side of oyster crackers.

  • Two-Way – This is just the chili and spaghetti.
  • Three-Way – Top the chili spaghetti with a large amount of shredded cheese.
  • Four-Way – Add Diced Onions on top of the cheese
  • Five-Way – Add cheese, onions and kidney beans for the ultimate Cincinnati Chili.
Close up image of Cincinnati Chili on cooked noodles in a bowl with a fork

Frequently Asked Questions:

Can I Add Raw Ground Beef to Slow Cooker?

In this recipe, recommend cooking the ground beef in a skillet. But if you have an Instant Pot Aura, you can cook it in the slow cooker.

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Can I Freeze?

Crockpot Cincinnati Chili can placed in a freezer safe container and frozen up to 3 months

More Easy Ground Beef Recipes:

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Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili

5 from 2 votes
If you are looking for a meaty chili, make this Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili. It is loaded with flavor and the combination of the spices makes this the best chili.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Chilis
Calories 283

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Brown the ground beef in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Break it up as it cooked.  Cook for 5-7 minutes until the beef is browned and cooked through.  Drain off any excess grease.
  • Add the beef to the crock pot.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 3-4 hours.
  • Remove the bay leaf and serve over spaghetti with your desired toppings.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 283kcal, Carbohydrates 8g, Protein 17g, Fat 20g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1g, Monounsaturated Fat 9g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 65mg, Sodium 827mg, Potassium 610mg, Fiber 3g, Sugar 5g, Vitamin A 933IU, Vitamin C 8mg, Calcium 54mg, Iron 3mg

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