Skyline Chili

I found this recipe on Crockpot Tuesdays.  Cincinnati is known for it’s Skyline Chili which is a sweet chili instead of a spicy chili.  I live an hour away from Cincinnati so there are lots of Skyline Chili restaurants around.  In fact, there are two Skyline Chili restaurants within five miles of my house.  Eating there can get expensive so I decided making it at home would be more cost effective plus I know what’s in my food.

Since I found the recipe, I have made it three times.  It was delicious the first time I made it.  However, the second time it was too runny so it wasn’t as good.  So when I made it for the third time, I decided to put a teeny less water in it.  It ended up being thicker and as delicious as it was the first time.

Skyline chili is eaten in 5 ways.

1-way:  chili
2-way:  spaghetti with chili
3-way:  spaghetti with chili and shredded cheddar cheese
4-way:  spaghetti with chili, shredded cheddar cheese and onions OR red kidney beans
5-way:  spaghetti with chili, shredded cheddar cheese, onions, and red kidney beans

Stars of the Recipe

  • 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 (I used more like 3 and 3/4ths cup instead.)


  1. Brown ground beef lightly on stovetop.
  2. Combine all ingredients in crockpot.
  3. Stir well, and cook on low for 12 hours or longer.


 This post is linked to Colleen’s Kitchen Recipe Swap.

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