Cincinnati Skyline chili


Growing up near Cincinnati, I was raised on Skyline chili. Now that I’ve moved away from the area, there are, unfortunately, no Skylines where I live. But every now and then, I still get a huge craving for a 4-way, so I decided to try my hand at making the chili myself. While this recipe did not end up tasting exactly like Skyline, it was, in my opinion, close enough to satisfy my craving.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Skyline, or Cincinnati-style chili, it is not your typical hearty chili. I prefer to eat the chili over spaghetti, and topped with lots of onions and cheese, but it is typically eaten one of five ways:

1-way: Chili only
2-way: Spaghetti topped with chili
3-way: Spaghetti, chili, and shredded cheddar cheese
4-way: Spaghetti, chili, cheese and red kidney beans OR chopped onions
5-way: Spaghetti, chili, cheese, beans AND onions.
Oh, and don’t forget the side of oyster crackers. ūüôā

Sound delicious? Trust me, it is!

This recipe makes a lot … based on how many portions we divided up for the freezer, my best guess is it makes at least 14 servings. It’s a great freezer meal for nights when you just want a quick dinner. Just thaw, heat, whip up some spaghetti, and you’re all set! Or, use leftovers for Skyline Chili Pizza.


2 1/2 lbs. lean ground beef
15 oz. can tomato sauce
8 oz. tomato paste (1 1/3 cans)
5 tbsp. chili powder
2 1/2 tbsp. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. distilled white vinegar
1 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. steak sauce
4 cups water

1. Brown ground beef lightly on stovetop. (I wasn’t quite sure what this meant, but I just browned the beef until it was about 70% brown. It continues to cook in the crockpot.)

2. Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Stir well, and cook on low for 12 hours or longer.




  1. Chris said

    Nice! We are cheese coney people (I think that is what it’s called – DH is the one who grew up in Ohio – chili cheese dogs?). Every year when he goes back for the holidays, he brings Skyline back home with him. I should really surprise him with a homemade version instead! Looks great!

    • Sheila said

      Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

      Happy Foodie Friday!


      Sheila ūüôā

  2. Joyce said

    I am addicted to a 3 way:) We moved to No Ky and I worked in Cinnci and when we moved I had neighbors mail me all the ingredients. 25 years later I am still addicted to skyline:)

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  4. This recipe looks so good …. I do have a question though, when you say “chocolate” … do you mean unsweetened cooking chocolate, cocoa powder, a melted chocolate bar … there are so many types I’m not sure which one you mean. Thanks …

    • crockpottuesdays said

      Oh, I’m sorry, I should have specified! I used 2 1/2 tbsp. of semi-sweet chocolate chips, because that’s what I had on hand. Other Cincinnati chili recipes call for unsweetened baking chocolate squares, so that would work as well. Thank you for calling this to my attention — I’ve edited my post!

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  8. Tracee said

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, I will be making this tomorrow and will post it to my site (giving you credit of course). I’ll let you know what we think but it sounds great!

    • crockpottuesdays said

      Yes, definitely let me know how you like it! I hope you enjoy!

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  19. Nicole, RD said

    Chocolate chips…no kidding! I am definitely making this! I am yet to have Skyline being in OH, but I grew up with chili over noodles and it’s the best!

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