Easy Spaghetti with Chili Sauce (aka Cincinnati Chili)

October 5, 2020Jessica Ashcroft

Spaghetti with Chili Sauce, or Cincinnati Chili, features a meaty chili served over tender spaghetti and topped with sour cream and cheese. It’s a hearty dish perfect for a cool evening.

Spaghetti with chili sauce on a dinner plate.

Spaghetti with chili sauce, or Cincinnati Chili as we called it growing up, is one of my favorite dinners.

It’s so, so easy to throw together, tastes amazing, fills you up, and makes the best leftovers.

Plus, it’s so unique!

How often do you eat chili on top of spaghetti??

While I’ve never had an authentic recipe, this one is pretty fabulous and I think your family will love it.

Where did Chili Spaghetti originate?

According to Wikipedia, Cincinnati Chili orginated in the 1920’s and was developed by Macedonian restaurateurs in the Cincinnati, Ohio area.

It’s often associated with the 250 ‘chili parlors’ (restaurants specializing in Cincinnati Chili) found throughout the greater Cincinnati area.

In 2013, the Smithsonian named Cincinnati Chili one of the 20 most Iconic Foods in America.

The most popular way to have Cincinnati Chili at a restaurant is called the ‘three-way,’ chili over spaghetti with cheese on top.

We eat this dish with onions, beans, cheese, and sour cream, so I guess you would call that the ‘six-way!’

Ingredients

Chili and spaghetti on a dinner plate.

1 pound ground beef

1 cup chopped onions

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 teaspoon salt

2 – 14 oz. cans ciced tomatoes, undrained

1 – 15 oz. can kidney beans, undrained

1 – 8 oz. can tomato sauce 

1 package spaghetti noodles

Shredded cheddar cheese

Sour cream

How to Make Spaghetti with Chili Sauce

Delicious cincinnati chili recipe.

COOK: Cook and stir ground beef and onions in a large saucepan until beef is brown and onions are tender; drain off fat.

STIR: Stir in chili powder, salt, tomatoes, beans, and tomato sauce.

SIMMER: Cook uncovered over medium heat, about 10 minutes or until thickened. 

COOK: While the chili sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti as directed on package and drain.

ADD: Spoon chili over hot spaghetti.

TOP: Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

Cincinnati chili spaghetti on a dinner plate.

The original recipe only calls for one can of whole tomatoes. I like to add two cans of diced tomatoes because it stretches the sauce and because the tomatoes are already broken up! My mom will often use a quart sized jar of canned tomatoes for this recipe, so that’s why I use 2 cans of the diced tomatoes.

I find that 1 tablespoon of chili powder still keeps this recipe pretty mild, so if you want to up the spice, add 2 more teaspoons of chili powder and a few shakes of crushed red pepper.

If you’re not a big onion lover like me, you can substitute dried minced onion or onion powder.

I substitute ground turkey for ground beef whenever I make this cincinnati style chili recipe.

Add a splash of olive oil to the pot after you’ve drained the noodles and stir them around to keep them from sticking together.

I’ll also make this recipe without the spaghetti when we’re in the mood for a good chili.

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Spaghetti with chili sauce on a dinner plate.

Easy Spaghetti with Chili Sauce (Cincinnati Chili)

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Spaghetti with Chili Sauce (or Cincinnati Chili) features a meaty chili served over spaghetti and topped with sour cream and cheese. Yum!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 - 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 - 15 oz. can kidney beans, undrained
  • 1 - 8 oz. can tomato sauceĀ 
  • 1 package spaghetti noodles
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Sour cream

Instructions

    1. Cook and stir ground beef and onions in a large saucepan until beef is brown and onions are tender; drain off fat.
    2. Stir in chili powder, salt, tomatoes, beans, and tomato sauce.
    3. Cook uncovered over medium heat, about 10 minutes or until thickened. 
    4. While the chili sauce is simmering, cook the spaghetti as directed on package and drain.
    5. Spoon chili over hot spaghetti.
    6. Sprinkle each serving with cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 369Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 951mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 7gSugar: 8gProtein: 28g
Try this easy Cincinnati chili recipe for dinner tonight!

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