Cincinnati Chili

Southern Living
Cincinnati ChiliRecipe
Photo: J. Savage Gibson; Styling: Alicia Frazier
Because the meat in this chili is not browned and drained, use very lean ground beef.
6 to 8 servings


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2 pounds ground round
2 cups water
2 (6-ounce) cans no-salt-added tomato paste
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large bay leaves
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons ground allspice
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 teaspoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Hot cooked spaghetti
Shredded cheddar cheese
Chopped onion


Combine ground round and water in a 4-quart pressure cooker; stir with a fork until thoroughly blended. Stir in tomato paste and next 12 ingredients.

Cover cooker with lid, and seal securely; place pressure control over vent and tube. Cook over high heat until pressure control rocks back and forth quickly. Reduce heat until pressure control rocks occasionally; cook 15 minutes.

Remove from heat; run cold water over cooker to reduce pressure. Carefully remove lid.

Remove and discard bay leaves, stirring well. Serve chili over hot spaghetti, and top with cheese and onion. Serve with oyster crackers.

Created date

July 2000