Gridiron grub inspired by Cincinnati, Ohio

Gridiron grub inspired by Cincinnati, Ohio

I love American football, and I love good food. Join me on a journey of culinary delight as I explore the finest food each city hosting an NFL team has to offer. In this post, I’m sharing gridiron grub inspired by Cincinnati, Ohio – Cincinnati Chili.

Home of the Cincinnati Bengals 

As the season progresses into the winter months, it can get mighty cold in Cincinnati. Thankfully the diehard fans can keep warm with steaming bowls of chili, but not just any chili, no. Cincinnati has their own unique take on it, in that they serve it over spaghetti. Why not try this unique recipe at home by making an easy, tasty slow-cooker chili and then serving it over spaghetti noodles.

Gridiron Grub: Cincinnati Chili

The below recipe will provide six servings, it’ll take just 5 minutes to prepare, and around six hours in a slow cooker (trust me, it’s worth it). Each serving for any calorie counters here is 655.


  • 1 1/2 lb. ground beef
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 2 tsp. ground chipotle chile
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 4 oz. sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 4 green onions
  • Salt
  • Black pepper


  1. In 7- to 8-quart slow cooker bowl, combine beef, beans, tomato sauce, onion, brown sugar, cocoa, chipotle, cumin, cinnamon, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper; stir together, breaking up ground beef. Replace lid and cook on Low 6 hours.
  2. When ready to serve, spoon over spaghetti. Top with Cheddar and green onions.

This recipe was brought to you by the lovely writers at Good Housekeeping. You can find more Gridiron Grub recipes like this, on the Food area of my blog.

Photo credit: Con Poulos.

Liz Bhandari

Liz has covered the NFL for five seasons, and currently serves as Managing Editor for Ninety-Nine Yards and for her own website, Since launching the website in 2014, she has made regular appearances on the TalkSport2 ‘All American Sports Show’ with Nat Coombs and in 2016 was ranked No.37 (of 400+) in the “Super Bowl: Top 50 UK Influencers” by marketing software producers Analytica for “igniting conversations” between fans.

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