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#1 Edited by Chummy8 (3845 posts) -

Duders,

I heard what was said on the bombcast a while back and was indifferent at the time. But now that I have experience, I have to say that this shit is good . Put it over spaghetti with some chopped onions and cheddar cheese; it's freaking delicious. If this is only an example of "Cincinnati Style" chili, then consider myself on board, big time. I honestly don't know why it got so much hate.

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#2 Edited by Slag (8155 posts) -

I'm with Mary Kish on this one.

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#3 Posted by cornfed40 (603 posts) -

Cincinnati Chili doesn't even deserve the name. Its basically a can of Chef Boyardee mixed with a pinch of paprika and poured on spaghetti because, why not.

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#4 Posted by hippie_genocide (2417 posts) -

No. That crap has cinnamon in it. Chili shouldn't be sweet. I tried skyline chili once and it was terrible.

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#5 Edited by sfw44 (273 posts) -

Ive never had it but i have a friend who lived there and he said its terrible, but it looks like something i would try if i ever happen to be in Cincinnati

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#6 Edited by dafdiego777 (299 posts) -

I once had to fly out to Columbus, Ohio for work for a year and a half. On my way to the local Starbucks I would pass by a Skyline Chili. That place made Waffle House look pristine and clean.

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#7 Posted by ProZac (7 posts) -

Moved to Cincinnati a few years ago. Love the stuff. I think it has a perception problem because it's not really "chili". Closer to a sauce. Also best when you add Tabasco sauce.

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#8 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

I respect that it exists.

But never.

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#9 Posted by notnert427 (2158 posts) -

Fucking NO. That shit is not chili. It's some horrific amalgam of garbage that people who can't handle spicy foods came up with.

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#10 Posted by disco_drew22 (67 posts) -

I went to a Skyline Chili about ten years ago with my family and every single one of us left with stomach problems. That shit is toxic.

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#11 Posted by spraynardtatum (4384 posts) -

This might be my favorite thread title of all time.

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#12 Edited by DinosaurCanada (938 posts) -

I'm with you man that shit is good. People just can't open their minds, chilli is art

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#13 Posted by djn3811 (107 posts) -

I grew up on Skyline Chili and love it. I eat there way too often.

But I also understand it's not for everyone.

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#14 Posted by Belegorm (1848 posts) -

Cincinnati chili is awesome and delicious. Like others said, it's technically not really "chili" more of a sauce, but damn it's good.

Best when homemade.

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#15 Posted by DocHaus (2757 posts) -

I don't understand how the OP isn't banned by now for this horrible opinion. Mods?

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#16 Posted by CrazyBagMan (1627 posts) -

Wendy's Chili is pretty good.

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#17 Posted by MonkeyKing1969 (7470 posts) -

I like Chile con carne or Texas Red bowl. A well prepaired batch of either is fine with me. But, honestly, give me some Trinidadian Curried Goat.

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#18 Posted by InternetDotCom (3998 posts) -

Reporting this to the cops

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#19 Posted by Rustafur (123 posts) -

Burn this forum to the ground.

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#20 Posted by FinalDasa (3170 posts) -

Wrong.

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#21 Posted by joseiscrushd (9 posts) -

It's not even real chilli, it's garbage.

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#22 Posted by thevole (13 posts) -

You dudes are way too hung up on the word chili. “It’s not chili” is absolutely the correct take. It’s not fucking chili in the slightest. It is great for what it is, though, and it’s one of my favorite foods.

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#23 Posted by TheFlamingo352 (332 posts) -

As someone who’s never had this “sweet chili” you speak of...nooooope! I want my chili as spicy as humanly possible without making it a chore to eat.

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#24 Posted by Darth_Navster (883 posts) -

Counterpoint:

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Disclaimer: I have never had Cincinnati chili but this bit is too damn good.

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#25 Edited by SA_Drone (45 posts) -

No wonder this thread has such mix between hate and love. Gold Star Chili is absolute trash (Skyline is where it's at yo)

But yeah, most Cincinnatians like myself will admit that it's not for everyone. It's a lot easier when you grow up on the stuff. I'm 4500 miles away from Cincinnati right now and would kill to be able to go into a Skyline, order a 3-way and a cheese coney (noonionsheavymustard), chill out and relax with some oyster crackers, and enjoy my shitty but comforting meal.

And I will not stand for Ms. Kish besmirching the fine name of LaRosa's Pizza. Next up she'll be dunking on Graeter's.

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#26 Posted by Chummy8 (3845 posts) -

Never had Skyline chili. My first experience with Gold star was during a Cub scout camping trip with my son when the quartermaster made it for everyone. I've loved it since and we've been making it in a crock pot every Sunday for past month.

If skyline is better I may just have to try that out.

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#27 Posted by KaleFactory (14 posts) -

To all the people on here saying real chili should be spicy... You can make Cincinnati style chili spicy. The two are not mutually exclusive. I make mine pretty spicy and it's way better than Skyline.

That being said, it's definitely not for everyone.

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#28 Posted by berniesbc (250 posts) -

People are weirdly dogmatic about chili.

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#29 Posted by Tom_omb (1073 posts) -

I've never had chilli of any kind, not really interested in trying it.

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#30 Posted by Chummy8 (3845 posts) -

Giantbomb duders mad about chili. Check out my tumblr.

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#31 Posted by soulcake (2624 posts) -

I am guessing your from Cincinnati ?

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#32 Posted by Ketta (108 posts) -

I have Skyline a few weeks ago for the first time since I was a child. Mary was right, it is total garbage and other Cincinnatians are stupid for supporting those fowl businesses.

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#33 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

To all the people on here saying real chili should be spicy... You can make Cincinnati style chili spicy. The two are not mutually exclusive. I make mine pretty spicy and it's way better than Skyline.

That being said, it's definitely not for everyone.

My hang up is definitely the consistency.

Chili is not a soup or a sauce.

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#34 Posted by Chummy8 (3845 posts) -

Just to clarify, I bought some Gold Star seasoning packets from Amazon on a recommendation of my son's Cub Scout quartermaster and we make it at home. We don't put in as much water as the packet says to and the consistency we get is definitely not soupy/saucey. It's more of a thick chili consistency to me and we love it.

I'm from NJ, never been to Ohio or tried Cincinnati chili before. The only thing I've heard about it was from the bombcast.

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#35 Posted by ragnar_mike (280 posts) -

@chummy8: Cincinnati chili, much like pork roll (or Taylor ham if you're nasty) are shit foods, but they have so much nostalgia associated with them for me that it bumps up their deliciousness every time I have them. Its like that food critic at the end of Ratatouille.

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#36 Posted by gamb1t (1067 posts) -

No.

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#37 Posted by stryker1121 (2168 posts) -

I'm from Ohio and I won't eat that pig slop!

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#38 Edited by hnke (188 posts) -

If it doesn't have beans it can take a hike.

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#39 Posted by VincentAvatar (85 posts) -

Y'all are crazy and ain't nobody can FRONT my Skyline-making skills. The gods come down from heaven to taste my chili, sons and daughters.

Also that recipe in the Youtube thumbnail is a trash recipe. No wonder people think Skyline is bad.

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#40 Edited by RenegadeDoppelganger (645 posts) -

I have peer-reviewed evidence that Skyline Chili is in fact, a sandwich.

Now hear me out...

The beans are the bread and the meat is the filling and also the sauce is the filling.

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#41 Posted by metricchip (32 posts) -

As an Ohio native I can say that Cincinnati chili is garbage.

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#42 Posted by SgtSphynx (2612 posts) -

Serving chili on spaghetti noodles is a good idea, but keep that "Cincinnati" chili away from me.

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#43 Posted by Toggery (69 posts) -

There seem to be two sides of this debate: people that are right, and people that like Cincinnati chili.

I actually would have way less of a problem if it was called Cincinnati coney sauce or something like that. It's meant to be put on something, rather than being an option.

And while I lived in Cincinnati, my roommate (a native) would make his own style of it. Which required the purchase of a chocolate bar. Nope nope nope nope!

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#44 Posted by Belegorm (1848 posts) -

@hnke: Fortunately everyone gets it with beans.

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#45 Posted by ProZac (7 posts) -
@toggery said:

I actually would have way less of a problem if it was called Cincinnati coney sauce or something like that.

"I don't agree with the name" seems like a real dumb reason to hate something.

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#46 Posted by Toggery (69 posts) -

@prozac said:
@toggery said:

I actually would have way less of a problem if it was called Cincinnati coney sauce or something like that.

"I don't agree with the name" seems like a real dumb reason to hate something.

It is if it's fundamentally different than all other versions of chili out there. A sweeter thing that's meant to be put on other things, but still called chili? That sounds more like a sauce, but it's not called that.

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#47 Edited by DrBroel (206 posts) -

Good Lord, there is so much confusion and misinformation here.

It isn't is a sauce. When used as a sauce it ceases to be the dish referred to as "Cincinnati style chili". It's a layered dished with chili as a layer. You can make this type of dish using your own favorite kind of chili as an ingredient.

The whole point of the thing is the layers. The starch layer on the bottom (noodles). Next, a protein layer (bean/ground meat) and then on top, arguably the most important, is a layer of long thinly shredded cheese that takes up a lot of space but has low density (Fluffy). If you get this wrong, you will be missing the best part of the dish.

It's rarely sweet as some are accusing it of. Often the protein layer is spicy and this is nicely countered by the cheese layer. It doesn't need cinnamon, but this by itself won't make it sweet.

This is the Chicago style pizza argument. people can't get over the fact that it's not really pizza instead of just enjoying a different kind of food.

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#48 Posted by DrBroel (206 posts) -
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It's about the cheese. It's less cheese than it looks like. It's shredded in way to make it as fluffy as possible. Its very hollow on the inside.

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#49 Posted by Efesell (4320 posts) -

That looks...somewhat hideous.

I would still try it, but it appears highly suspect.

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#50 Posted by neamatoad (31 posts) -

Skyline is great. Goldstar? Fuck that shit.