Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
6 servings

The phrase "five-way" refers to the number of accompaniments Queen City natives serve with their uniquely spiced chili.

How to Make It

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add turkey and sirloin to pan; cook 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Add 2 cups onion and garlic; cook 5 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in 1 cup water and next 12 ingredients (through puree); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes. Place about 1/2 cup spaghetti into each of 6 bowls. Ladle 1 cup chili into each bowl. Top each serving with 4 teaspoons remaining onion, 2 tablespoons cheese, and 2 1/2 tablespoons beans. Serve with crackers, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

mandofan's Review

April 28, 2014
Awesome chili! The one suggestion I'd make might is to combine the meat first, then start browning in batches. It can take doing it as a thirds for adequate browning depending on the size of your pan. (2-14-09)

HudnallsHuddle's Review

March 24, 2013
I spent 15 years in the Ohio valley and got hooked on the Skyline. I've come back to the east and went looking to make it this weekend during the NCAA trouney as my reminder of my time in the valley. This was good, but definitely not the Skyline taste and it wasn't the lightened version of turkey versus beef. The seasoning is way off, but it is still a tasty recipe, just not Skyline or a Cinicinnati style of chili.

mary327's Review

March 07, 2013

JimMarltonNJ's Review

May 02, 2011
Uniquely different taste than our "normal" chili. This has just moved into my top 3 favorite chilis.

smd1212's Review

October 26, 2010
Very tasty, and seemed pretty accurate flavor-wise compared to our local Cincinnati chili place. Increased garlic and all spices by about 1/4 tsp. and subbed Heinz 57 for BBQ sauce (didn't have); cocoa powder for unsweetened chocolate, and red wine vinegar for white vinegar. I also added 1/2 tsp. chipotle chili powder since we love the smoky flavor. Yum, definitely a make-again hit!

Kate09's Review

April 13, 2010
This was my first experience with Cincinnati chili and I loved it! I made it with "Fake" meat crumbles since my husband is a vegetarian and it was delicious.

crusnock's Review

December 16, 2009
My husband and I love this chili! We've made it at least half a dozen times, and can't get enough of it. I serve it on whole wheat angel hair, and sometimes just cook all the onions and beans, rather than saving some as toppings.

CherylR1954's Review

November 23, 2009
Loved it, and friends of mine from Ohio have said that this is the closest to home (I've tried all of the recipes on CL). It's great on pasta (I'm a convert) or if you make it alone and pair w/bread. Excellent in terms of heat (I used Penzy Spices Chili 3000) and flavors.

AlohaCara's Review

November 13, 2009
While this isn't quite like Skyline, it does have some of the same unique flavors. It's really good and easy to make. It's so good, I won a chili cook-off with it. I followed the directions and wouldn't change a thing! A double batch of it is currently on my stove for a potluck dinner tomorrow night... smells delicious!

jnjhill's Review

June 16, 2009
This tastes great & is not too far from the traditional Cincinnati style chili. Ours ended up a little dry, so we added some liquid at the end of the cooking process. Frank's Red Hot Sauce finished the dish off well.