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Today we’re so excited to be partnering with BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes to share the ultimate game day Cincinnati chili recipe!

Get ready for the Big Game with my Touchdown Cincinnati Chili recipe! It’s the perfect football party food for feeding a crowd of hungry fans!

Cincinnati chili over spaghetti

Are you guys gearing up for the Big Game?! My team didn’t make it this year but I’m still super excited about doing a little home-gating with friends, family, and lots of amazing football party food. Football season is a big deal in my house and making awesome game day recipes is kind of my thing. This year I’m showing off my Chili Pride with a big batch of my Touchdown Cincinnati Chili for the game. It’s a game day chili recipe that is perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry fans.

Cincinnati chili over spaghetti

I LOVE chili and I have lots of different recipes for it. There is one thing they all have in common, every single one of them starts with two essential ingredients; Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes and BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans. Both give any chili a head start on flavor. BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans come in a variety of beans but Kidney beans are what I like to use in my Touchdown Cincinnati Chili. They are slow-simmered in a flavorful chili sauce that gives your chili a punch of flavor even if you don’t have time to cook it for hours. Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes are canned in their own juices and in combination with BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans they create a great base for any chili.

Cincinnati chili with beef and beans

Now, if you’ve never had Cincinnati chili it is a little different than the usual chili recipe. Cincinnati Chili is packed full of spices, from the standard chili powder, cayenne pepper, and cumin, to the unusual; allspice, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and brown sugar. It originated in Cincinnati, OH and was created by Macedonian immigrant Tom Kiradjieff. He used Mediterranean spices to create a meat sauce for hot dogs, and then used that sauce on a dish he called chili spaghetti. That’s right, Cincinnati Chili is traditionally served over spaghetti and that makes it awesome for game day because a big bowl of pasta and a pot of chili can feed a lot of people.

I know there is a lot going on with this chili but it’s really easy to make you just combine a can of BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beansHunt’s vine ripened tomatoes, a little Hunt’s Tomato Paste, a bunch of amazing spices, a little Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, and water, stir everything together and then simmer for about an hour.

Cincinnati Chili with kidney beans topped with onions, and cheeseWhen you order Cincinnati chili you use the “way” system and each number before the “way” is how you want your chili. My Touchdown Cincinnati Chili includes beans so if you want a little cheese on top it would be a Three-way with beans. Personally I like to go all out with a Five-way. That’s spaghetti, chili, cheese, onions, and beans. Yum!

Servings: 5
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 10 mins

Touchdown Cincinnati Chili

Touchdown Cincinnati Chili is a flavorful chili recipe served over spaghetti. It is the perfect recipe for your next football party!



  • In a large pot over medium high heat brown the ground beef and onions. Once meat is browned drain grease and return pot to heat.
  • Add garlic, chili powder, ground allspice, ground cinnamon, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt, unsweetened cocoa, Worcestershire sauce, cider vinegar, and water. Stir to combine.
  • Bring ingredients to a boil and then reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and let cook for 30 minutes-1 hour.
  • Once chili is ready serve over spaghetti with cheese and diced onions.


Calories: 366kcal, Carbohydrates: 26g, Protein: 21g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 1157mg, Potassium: 960mg, Fiber: 6g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 715IU, Vitamin C: 12.1mg, Calcium: 94mg, Iron: 5.3mg
Nutrition Disclaimer: We are not certified nutritionists. Nutrition facts are an estimate and are provided as a courtesy. They are generated by an online API which recognizes ingredient names and amounts and makes calculations based on the serving size. Results may vary.
Author: Kat Jeter & Melinda Caldwell
Course: Main

Cincinnati chili with BUSH'S beans

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BUSH’S slow-simmered chili beans and Hunt’s vine ripened tomatoes.