Crock Pot Cincinnati Bean Chili

Cincinnati Bean Chili

“Baby it’s cold outside”… ok maybe it’s not that cold just yet but with the cooler air comes the desire to heat up the kitchen. Soups, stoups, stews, and chilies galore!  Last weekend I decided to make my first Cincinnati style but I mixed it up Ashley style and added beans.  Chili Chilly Chili!!

Cincinnati Bean Chili

Crock Pot Cincinnati Bean Chili

  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef ( I used 80/20 and then drained the fat)
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground allspice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 can of Rotel
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 3 cans of pinto beans

Cincinnati Bean Chili

To start, brown your meat.  Now some crock pot recipes tell you to just add the raw meat to the crock pot but I like browning the meat before hand.

Cincinnati Bean Chili

Next, add the broth, tomato sauce, tomato paste, vinegar, chili powder, cocoa, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, salt and pepper to the crock pot and whisk together until smooth.

Cincinnati Bean Chili

Lastly add the can of Rotel, garlic, yellow onion, beans (drained), and ground beef to the crock pot and stir.

Cincinnati Bean Chili

With all of your ingredients combined you can now cook your chili on high for 6-8 hours.  Stir a few times if you’re able, but it’s ok if you just let it cook through for the 6-8 hours.  I ended up timing it for 8 hours but turned it off a 6 hours and 30 minutes as it was done.  If you are adding raw meat though, you probably want to cook it for the full 8 hours.

Cincinnati Bean Chili

The chili turned out perfect!  It was unlike any chili I had ever had because of the cinnamon, allspice, and cocoa powder.  Alongside the chili I made a jalapeno cheese cornbread, my favorite!

Cincinnati Bean Chili

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

  • 2 boxes Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
  • 1/3 cup chopped pickled jalapenos
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheese

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

Simply follow the cornbread instructions on the box, doubling it because you’ll be using 2 boxes of the mix.  With the cornbread mixture made, you’ll next want to add the diced pickled jalapenos and cheese and stir well.

Jalapeno and cheese corn bread

Instead of making muffins though, I like to cook the cornbread in a 8 inch square pan.

jalapeno cheese corn bread

Cook the cornbread at 350 degree for 20 minutes.  And voila!

Jalapeno Cheese Cornbread

Neal and I enjoyed this chili for a good 3 days, which was the perfect dish to have while watching October baseball!! Let’s go Nats!!

Cincinnati Bean Chili

What’s your favorite kind of chili?

Comments

  1. says

    Greetings from Cincinnati! I’m glad that you enjoyed your “Cincinnati-style” chili and if you liked this, you must really come here to try the real deal as it’s like nothing else in the world! I joke that Skyline Chili (a popular chain here) is the main reason I could never leave town and I eat it at least every other week ;).

    FYI – Traditionally Cincinnati Chili is served over spaghetti noodles or a hot dog. It’s really more of a sauce than a chili as most of the country knows it. Beans can be used but they’re used as a topping rather than a garnish.

  2. myriam says

    I made your recipe last night and absolutely loved it! I put half of it in the freezer for some cold nights, i’m sure are coming. thanks for sharing!

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