Wednesday, June 18, 2014


If you are looking for a fun and easy dinner to throw together for your family, try Cincinnati Style Chili Spaghetti.  This could not be any easier, it is very flavorful, and takes very few ingredients.

1 pound ground chuck
1 package French's Chili-O mix (depending on how spicy you like your food, you may not want to use the whole package)
16 ounce can of tomato sauce
1/2 can of water
6 - 8 ounces of thin spaghetti or vermicelli
shredded cheddar cheese - I used the cheese I bought at Heini's Cheese Chalet in Holmes County, Ohio.

Brown the ground chuck and break it up into pieces.

Add the tomato sauce, Chili-O mix, and half a can of water.

Bring to a boil, then simmer for 10 - 15 minutes.

This is the seasoning package used in the recipe, you can get it with or without onion.

Brown the ground chuck and break up into small pieces.
Drain the grease from the cooked ground chuck.
Add the tomato sauce and half a can of water to the ground chuck, also add the French's Chili-O mix - you can add all or I usually add about 3/4 of the mix so my chili isn't overly spicy.  Bring to a boil, then simmer for about 10 - 15 minutes.

While your chili is simmering, cook your thin spaghetti according to package directions.

Assemble your plate with a helping of spaghetti on the bottom of your plate, spoon the chili on top, then sprinkle the shredded cheddar cheese on top of the chili.

Some people like to add chopped raw onion to the top of their chili and/or cooked kidney beans.


  1. Yum!! I love Cincinnati Chili! My favorite thing to do is make cheese sandwiches with the oyster crackers! Love this Cincinnati tradition of chili, spaghetti and cheese!

  2. I didn't mention the oyster crackers in my post, but it is traditional to serve a small bowl of oyster crackers with the chili spaghetti. Like you some people like to sprinkle their shredded cheddar cheese over the oyster cracker while I've seen others put a drop of hot sauce on the oyster cracker before popping it in their mouth. Cincinnatians each have their own special way of eating their chili spaghetti!