The Big Red Machine and Cincinnati Chili


Since it Cold outside and there’s nothing better on a cold day than a pipping hot bowl of chill I thought I’d share a favorite of mine.  If your  from Northern Kentucky just on the other side of the Ohio River and that is to say people some times call it south Cincinnati.  Not that anyone from that area would ever consider themselves a buck eye but,  we do love our Cincinnati  Chili.  Having call this part of the country home for many years this is a staple in our menu.

Cincinnati and its Big Red Machine have turn out some of baseball’s greats. From Jonny Bench to Ken Griffey, Ken Griffey Jr. and lets not forget the infamous Pete Rose. The City of Cincinnati also has some unique foods that it call its own. From chili to geotta (a breakfast meat loaf that’s fried). Cincinnati is definitely city that’s all its own.

Cincinnati Chili is on the menu and it’s great for  family dinner or to feed a crowd. It differs from the chili most often thought of because the addition of cinnamon and allspice. These and not spices you would normally find in chili but it works. I am also including the cheese coney recipe which is great for  left overs. Which you will have because this makes enough chili for a crowd. At our house we love both and make it regularly because my wonderful family loves a taste of home with out the snow and ice that hang around this time of year.  My husband grew up across the river from Cincinnati Ohio so this fits the bill.  Me I just really like the taste combo and it’s a very satisfying anytime of the year.  If your from this area of the country or have just visited I’m sure you have heard of these famous foods.  So get out the crock pot because were making chili.

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Chili Recipe

  • 1 1/2  lbs. lean ground beef
  • I 29 oz. can crushed tomatoes (I like red-gold)
  • 1 14 1/2 oz. can tomato sauce
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped (white or yellow will do)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon salt (I like sea-salt)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (ground red pepper)
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced and crushed
  • 3 bay leaves

traditional Cincinnati would have the beans heated and placed on top of the chili.  I just put mine in the chili because we all like it that way and it saves a step.


  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can red kidney beans

Place your ground beef in the crock pot then sprinkle the spices over the meat. add the tomatoes, onion garlic and beans.  mix it all together making sure your meat breaks apart and become small pieces.  place the lid on the crock pot and cook for 4 to 10 hours depending on what time you would like to eat.  when it is ready serve it up with finely shredded  long horn cheddar.  you can make also cook up spaghetti noodles and serve it as a five way. you would place a bed of spaghetti noodles on a plate add a scoop of chili over the noodles then chopped onions and cover it all with shredded cheese.  another great way to eat it is as cheese coney’s you’ll need hot dogs and buns for this one.  place a bun on a plate add a great dog like Hebrew National next comes the mustard, onions,  chili and last but not least the shredded cheese.  Boy, are you in for a treat, make sure you try the many ways you can use Cincinnati chill.   Enjoy them all and decide for yourself which is your favorite!






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