Cincinnati Chili 3, 4, or 5 Way (Crock Pot or Not!)

Prep Time
Cook Time
2h 15m
Ready In

"An Ohio classic, you can have your chili in more than one way. It's really not that hard to make. The ingredients list is long because good Cinti chili has a complex flavor that has culinary roots in Greek cooking, but it only takes a few minutes to stir them all in. This is not Texas chili in any way shape or form, and nor would you want it to be. It is a creature unto itself."

Original recipe yields 8 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (764.4 g)
  • Calories 1073.5
  • Total Fat - 53.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 19.3 g
  • Cholesterol - 203.8 mg
  • Sodium - 14673.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 90.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10.9 g
  • Sugars - 25.3 g
  • Protein - 59.4 g
  • Calcium - 353.9 mg
  • Iron - 13 mg
  • Vitamin C - 39.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.7 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Crock Pot instructions:

Step 2

Brown meat and drain fat. Place meat in the crock along with the remaining spice ingredients; cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours.

Step 3

Stove Top Instructions:

Step 4

In a large pan brown ground beef along with onion, celery, bell pepper, and garlic, breaking up meat as it cooks.

Step 5

Drain any accumulated fat.

Step 6

Add rest of ingredients to pan, mixing well.

Step 7

Bring to a boil, then lower heat, cover, and simmer for 1 1/2-2 hours, stirring occasionally.

Step 8

Adjust consistency with water as needed.

Step 9

Serve your chili as follows (items for the 3,4, and 5 way listed in ingredients- others may require items not listed).

Step 10

How to Eat It:

Step 11

-3-Way: chili, spaghetti, and cheese.

Step 12

-4-Way: a 3-Way plus onions or beans.

Step 13

-5-Way: spaghetti, chili, onions, beans and cheese.

Step 14

-Chili spaghetti: spaghetti with chili.

Step 15

-Cheese coney: hot dog, bun, mustard, chili, and cheese.

Step 16

-Chili cheese sandwich: a coney minus the hot dog.

Step 17

-Cincinnati burrito: chili beans wrapped in a tortilla, topped with chili, onions, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, and black olives.

Step 18

-Cincinnati potato: baked jacket potato topped with chili, diced onions, beans and shredded cheddar cheese.

Step 19

-Chili-cheese fries: french fries topped with chili and shredded cheddar cheese.

Step 20

-Low-carb Coney: 3 small hot dogs (about 1 1/2 regular) in a bowl covered with chili and cheese.

Step 21

-Serve oyster crackers and hot sauce on the side (crackers doused with sauce) or as a topping, if desired.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.


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