Cincinnati-Style Spaghetti Recipe

I call this dish Cincinnati-Style Spaghetti because it reminds me of the delicious Cincinnati Chili, a favorite chili in the Cincinnati, Ohio that is considered the most chili-crazed city in the United States.  Remember – this is not the actual Cincinnati Chili recipe, but a pasta version that has the taste and some of the ingredients of the famous Cincinnati Chili dish.

This Cincinnati-Style Spaghetti is so delicious and so very easy to make. My husband says I can make this dish anytime, as he really like it.

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Cincinnati Style Spaghetti served on a white dinner plate

Cincinnati-Style Spaghetti Recipe:
Prep Time
30 mins
Total Time
30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cincinnati-Style Spaghetti Recipe
Servings: 4 to 6 servings
  • 1 (16-ounce) package spaghetti or linguine pasta, uncooked or dried
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef (hamburger)
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 3/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa 
  • 1 teaspoon cumin, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 (28-ounce) can tomatoes, crushed or diced
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup beef broth*
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and return to pan to keep warm.  Learn How To Cook Pasta Properly.

  2. In a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add ground beef, onion, and red pepper; cook until browned, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.  Stir in chile powder, cocoa, cumin, cinnamon, and salt; cook until fragrant, approximately 1 minute.  

  3. Stir in the tomatoes, black beans, and beef broth; reduce heat to low and let simmer until the liquid is reduced by 1/2.

  4. Remove from heat and pour the tomato mixture over the cooked pasta (toss to coat thoroughly).

  5. Transfer onto individual serving plates.

  6. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Recipe Notes

* I like to substitute dry red wine for all or part of the beef broth.


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