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Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili - this is one of my kids' favorite meals - pure comfort food

Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili Recipe

I use 3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, but if you want a milder chili, reduce it to 1/2 teaspoon.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 20 minutes
Servings 12 people
Calories 204 kcal


  • 3 pounds lean ground beef I used grass-fed
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 1/2-3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 8.8 ounces tomato paste Two 4.4ounce tubes
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 4 cups water

To Serve

  • cooked spaghetti
  • fine shredded Cheddar cheese
  • chopped onions
  • cooked red kidney beans


  1. Place ground beef and water in a large pot, breaking up pieces. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 20 minutes. Drain meat and place in food processor; pulse until meat is a fine consistency (do not overprocess). Transfer to a slow cooker; add remaining ingredients. Cook on low for 8 hours.

To serve

  1. Spoon chili on top of cooked spaghetti and top with some shredded cheese, onion and kidney beans.

Recipe Notes

5 Freestyle points/serving. Nutrition facts are for chili only.

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Cincinnati Chili Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 70mg23%
Sodium 700mg30%
Potassium 718mg21%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1140IU23%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 4.6mg26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.