Copycat Cincinnati Skyline Chili

Copycat Skyline Chili - Keto Low Carb Recipe

If you've ever wanted to make Cincinnati style Skyline Chili at home this is your recipe! We keep it low carb by avoiding the traditional spaghetti and serving it in a bowl or with a noodle substitute instead.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Greek
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 177 kcal
Author Cheryl McColgan


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil greek
  • 140 grams onion chopped
  • 1 pound ground chuck finely ground
  • 1 ounce bakers chocolate
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon bone broth powder or beef broth concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper
  • 5 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tablespoon molasses optional

Traditional Cincinnati Chili Toppings

  • finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • chopped white onion
US Customary - Metric


  1. Add olive oil to a dutch oven over medium heat.

  2. Sautee onion in the heated olive oil until softened, about 3 minutes.

  3. Keeping heat medium to low, add bakers chocolate and stir until melted. Turn off heat.

  4. In a separate pan, cook the ground beef over medium heat, mashing with a potato masher as it's cooking to result in a very finely ground consistency. To keep the consistency of traditional Cincinnati chili, you are NOT looking to brown the meat. This is why you need the heat lower and continual mashing as it's cooking.

    If you can have your butcher finely ground the meat, much more than what you typically find in a grocery store, you'll be much closer to the final consistency needed for Cincinnati style chili.

  5. Add tomato paste and ground beef to the dutch oven onion mixture and stir until combined.

  6. Turn heat back on to medium. Add water and the bone broth powder or concentrate and mix thoroughly.

  7. Add all remaining spices and ingredients and mix thoroughly.

  8. Bring mixture briefly to a boil then reduce to a simmer.

  9. Keeping at a low simmer with the top on, cook the chili for 40 minutes. This step is necessary to produce the consistency of traditional Cincinnati chili.

  10. Remove the lid and cook chili an additional 45 minutes or until liquid is reduced by about a quarter. Consistency should be between a sauce and a stew.

  11. If you'd like a thicker chili than the traditional Cincinnati style thinner consistency, simply cook until the water has reduced more. 

  12. Cincinnati Chili is traditionally served over spaghetti. To keep this recipe low carb, simply serve in a bowl or use your favorite noodle substitute.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition information is for the chili only.

The optional one tablespoon of molasses adds 15 carbohydrates to the overall recipe but also adds a flavor that mimics the original recipe. You can reduce the carb count by leaving it out. The chili is still excellent without it.

Nutrition Facts
Copycat Skyline Chili - Keto Low Carb Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 177 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 32mg11%
Sodium 233mg10%
Potassium 297mg8%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 365IU7%
Vitamin C 3.1mg4%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.