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Cincinnati Chili 5-Ways

One of America's favorite regional dishes is Five-Way Cincinnati Chili. If you've never had this delicious dish, add it to your weeknight menu. I promise it will bring smiles to your dinner table!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
chili2 hrs
Course: Entree
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 896kcal



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup sweet onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 8 ounces dark beer or your favorite root beer
  • 2 pounds ground chuck or ground sirloin if you prefer a leaner beef
  • 16 ounces heavy crushed tomato
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon corn masa or fine cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

Cincinnati Chili 5 Ways

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese shredded
  • 1 large sweet onion chopped
  • 1 pound linguine cooker per directions on box
  • 1 cup kidney bean or chili beans
  • 1 cup pinto beans or beans of your choice
  • 4 cups beef chili from my recipe or your favorite brand



  • In a large skillet or pot add the chopped onions, garlic and olive oil. Sauté for a few minutes until the onions are lightly cooked.
  • Add ground meat and begin the browning process. You may need to add additional olive oil.
  • Brown all the meat continuously stirring to break up the meat. ( you may find a heavy wire whisk helpful in breaking up the chunks)
  • When the meat is browned begin adding in your seasonings including brown sugar( remember you can always add more after its cooked for awhile).
  • Add crushed tomatoes and beer combining all of the ingredients.
  • Reduce the heat to a simmer and allow to simmer for 1 – 2 hours, stirring so the chili won’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • If the chili begins to get too thick you can add chicken stock or water to get it to the consistency you like.
  • Taste and re-season to your taste.

Cincinnati Chili 5 Ways - Assembly

  • Cook pasta per instructions on the box
  • place pasta on the plates, top with chili, beans, chopped onions and shredded cheddar cheese and enjoy!


Calories: 896kcal | Carbohydrates: 144g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 1679mg | Potassium: 1786mg | Fiber: 25g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1078IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 206mg | Iron: 15mg