What is Cincinnati's Famous Skyline Chili

OHIO - Cincinnati's Famous Skyline Chili is a spicy meat sauce topped with Mediterranean spices that is a classic topping for spaghetti and hot dogs.  Its development by immigrant restaurateurs dates back to the 1920s. In 2013, the Smithsonian named the Cincinnati chili parlor as one of the "20 Most Iconic Food Destinations in America."

What is Cincinnati's Famous Skyline Chili
Cincinnati's Famous Skyline Chili


The original Skyline Chili restaurant was established in 1949.  The dish's name was inspired by the cityscape of the city where the first location opened. Chef Nicholas Lambrinides first ate the chili at a railway restaurant. Eventually, they moved on to open his own restaurant, which is now a chain with locations across the Cincinnati area and in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida.

Cincinnati chili is made with lean ground beef, which means it contains less fat, making it less greasy than traditional chili.  It also contains a mix of spices that most people have in their spice racks, including cocoa powder, smoked paprika, and oregano. This chili also benefits from a long, slow cooking process.

So next time you are in the “Queen City,” check out Skyline Chilli and try the famous spaghetti and hot dogs.  The must is The Skyline’s classic Cheese Coney is a specially made hot dog in a steamed bun with mustard, covered with our original secret-recipe chili, diced onions, and a mound of shredded cheddar cheese.