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Skyline Chili Recipe
Skyline Chili
By Todd Wilbur

Recipe Type: Entree
Calories: 780
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Recipe Rating: 3.5 (4 reviews)
Nope, there's no chocolate in it. Or coffee. Or Coca-Cola. The ingredient rumors for Skyline Chili are plentiful on the Internet, but anyone can purchase cans of Skyline chili from the company and find the ingredients listed right on the label: beef, water, tomato paste, dried torula yeast, salt, spices, cornstarch, and natural flavors. You can trust that if chocolate were included in the secret recipe, the label would reflect it -- important information for people with a chocolate allergy. All it takes to recreate the unique flavor of Skyline is a special blend of easy-to-find spices plus beef broth and a few other not-so-unusual ingredients. Let the chili simmer for an hour or so, then serve it up on its own or in one of the traditional Cincinnati-style serving suggestions (the "ways" they call 'em) with the chili poured over spaghetti noodles, topped with grated cheddar cheese and other good stuff:  
     3-Way: Pour chili over cooked spaghetti noodles and top with grated cheddar cheese. 
     4-Way: Add a couple teaspoons of grated onion before adding the cheese. 
     5-Way: Add cooked red beans over the onions before adding the cheese.

Source: "Top Secret Recipes Unlocked" by Todd Wilbur.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup water
Not even close
Submitted on: 01/05/14
Back to the drawing board. This recipe is not even close. Expected more because I paid for it. : (
happy, happy, joy, joy
Submitted on: 07/23/11
I grew up on skyline and goldstar chili as a child. I moved away from the area years ago and experimented with recipes but nothing came close. I found this one a while back and made a few changes (we use low sodium chicken broth and ground turkey). The kids that come over love it so I always keep some in the freezer. In fact if we've got kids over and there is none in the freezer, they'll just make a pot themselves!
Submitted on: 08/25/06
While I agree with Patrick that there was too much corn starch, overall I like this chile recipe better than the original. By using freshly ground spices, reduced fat hamburger, and way less salt...you end up with a fantastic Cincinnati chili to use over spaghetti with all the fixings that go with it. Your recipe may not be exactly the same as Skyline Chile, but I'll live longer.
Patrick Crabtree  
Submitted on: 01/21/06
Well, Todd, you're on the right track but you're not quite there yet, my friend. One missed detail is your cooking time -- waaaay too short. Skyline has to go for at least five hours at a simmer. And you've got just a tad too much cornstarch in there too. And some ingredients are definitely missing. But you are right that there's no chocolate in Skyline chili. I've made 100 or more Cincinnati (Greek) Chili recipes and your Skyline version is down about number 7 or so on my list (which is pretty good!). But you did give me a couple of ideas and I can use what you gave me with this recipe and combine it with my own to perfect the end product. Final analysis? Close, but no cigar!