This paleo Cincinnati chili recipe is a delicious and healthy version of the infamous Skyline chili that you can make at home. And with just a few steps to make, it’s one of the easiest family dinners you’ll make all year.
My family lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for about four years when I was growing up. I may not remember a ton about living in Cincinnati, but there are three things that burned into my brain that I’ll never forget – coasters, memories with my sister Breanna, and a love for Cincinnati chili. I’ll give it to you, Cincinnati chili is an acquired taste but once you’ve acquired it, other chilis just don’t compare. Not even my all-time favorite white chicken chili recipe.
My husband isn’t a huge fan of the traditional Skyline chili, so he came up with this version instead. And for me a big fan, it’s close enough to the original to curb my cravings for Cincinnati chili when we can’t get back to Ohio often enough. And the best part of all is that the recipe is simple – meat + spices that simmer together for a while and that’s it. It’s simple and delicious.
You can eat Cincinnati chili however you want – on chips, on hot dogs for coneys, or on pasta for a 3, 4, or 5 way. My favorite way to eat it is on a hot dog with a grilled hot dog, hand shredded cheddar cheese, chili, and topped with oyster crackers. Don’t forget the oyster crackers.
Paleo Cinncinati Chili
- 2 lbs ground beef preferably grass-fed
- 4 cups low sodium beef broth
- 16-18 oz jar of crushed tomatoes pureed until smooth
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
- 1 TBS coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup chili powder
- 1 TBS unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 1 bay leave
Add the beef and beef broth to a 6 qt pot.
Break up the beef into very tiny pieces. You could probably do this with a fork, but I find that the best way to do this is to wear gloves and break up the meat with your hands until it almost dissolves into the broth. You're going for a "meat soup" texture.
Bring to a boil then decrease to a simmer and simmer for half an hour, stirring frequently.
Add all the dry ingredients and stir to combine.
Add all the wet ingredients and stir to combine.
Reduce heat to medium low and simmer for 3 hours, stirring every so often so that the bottom does not burn. If the chili ever thickens up too much and looks like just ground meat, add a cup of a water and stir to combine.
Remove from heat and allow to cool to an edible temperature.
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