15 December 2010

Cincinnati Chili - Bachelor Style

Warning: This post does not contain Kacey's culinary skills at its best.

I've never been to Cincinnati, but I would like to. For nothing in particular, in fact, I'm not really sure what is in Cincinnati. But as usual, the only thing that I can think of is food related, Cincinnati Chili.

The appeal of this comes from shows on Travel Channel and Food Network like Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and other similar shows where some grease hungry man travels around eating absurd amounts of slutty food. You know you love it. This is totally a meal that you would find on those shows.

If you've never seen or heard of Cincinnati Chili, I'll give you the Kacey's Official Breakdown. Usually when I give you something totally official, it means it's not official at all, and it's typically something I have little to no experience with. But since it's my blog, I can pretty much claim anything official that I want.

Anyway, here are some of the basic ways Cincinnati Chili is served:
  • Spaghetti & chili
  • Spaghetti, chili, & cheddar cheese
  • Spaghetti, chili, shredded cheese, and either diced onions and beans
If that's not heart attack delicious sounding, I don't know what is. Unless of course you throw it all on top of a hotdog. Which sometimes happens too.

Anyway, so a few months ago on some random weekend, I was craving something that would meet 3 important criteria: quick, warm, hearty. And viola, a 3 ingredient Cincinnati chili was born in the amount of time it takes to cook a box of pasta.

The trick with this: Do not skimp. There should be tons of chili on top of tons of pasta topped with tons of cheese.

Not that you need a recipe, I'm sure you can guess what this entails, but just incase, here you go:

Cincinnati Chili - Bachelor Style
Printable Recipe
by Kacey's Kitchen
  • 1 Box of pasta (any kind)
  • 1 can of chili (any kind)
  • 1 block of yellow cheddar cheese
  1. Boil pasta according to al dente instructions.
  2. While pasta is boiling, remove chili from can, place in a microwave proof dish, and heat until hot.
  3. Grate cheese.
  4. Drain pasta, top with hot chili and grated cheese.


  1. I saw this on an episode of Diners, Drive Ins, and Dives, and have a hard time getting over pasta with chili...seems so strange!

  2. Strange, but surprisingly delicious!

  3. Any kind of chili?!?!?! I don't think so. What makes Cincinnati chili special is that it is made in a Greek fashion with chocolate and cinnamon. It's served on spaghetti and topped with very finely grated cheese (a three way), or with beans (a four way) or with beans and onions (a five way). Do yourself a favor and find a real recipe for Cincinnati chili. Once you've had it, you'll never see chili the same way again. Oh, and don't forget to smash up some oyster crackers on top.

  4. Mmm...I am familiar with the special Cincinnati Chili and as I read your comment, I realized I never even spoke about the difference!

    Thank you for clarifying...obviously I was more concerned at the time explaining how to make it 'bachelor style' than why it is a bachelor version of the real thing!

    Hope you stick around and thanks for your input!

    Chow on,

  5. Dearest Kacey:

    My dad and I have never had chili any other way; having had family in Ohio for some time, my dad has had an affinity for this Cincinnati dish. Though my dad usually grabbed a can of Hormel (affordable, tasty, on hand!), we always added some cocoa to it while heating it up on the stove. An old coworker stole a menu from Skyline Chili to give to him, which now resides on my kitchen table, boasting onions, chili and spaghetti, piled high like a beacon of hope and warm bellies.

    I was delighted to see this post, it made me happy, as do all yr posts. If I get ambitious, maybe I'll scan or snap a pic of the menu to share with you. Happy New Year!