Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili. Cheer Up, The Wolfhounds Are Playing.

Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili

You’ve got to love the Brian Williams memes out there.
And my favorite.

I’m absolutely positive that I was in the kitchen with myself when I made this chili.

Fire And Ice Chili.

You know what the ‘Ice’ is?

The chili has CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM in it!!

How cool is that?

Unlike Texas-style chili, the bowl of red that is served up in Cincinnati is thinner and made with a blend of spices that includes cinnamon, chocolate and cloves. It’s also typically spooned over spaghetti.

I love the complex depth of the flavors in this chili. I kid you not.

Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili
Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili


2 pounds ground beef
2 large onions, chopped
1/4 cup chile powder
1 tablespoon cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
6 cups water (I used about 4 cups since 6 seemed a bit too soupy for my taste)
15-ounces tomato puree
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 cup dark chocolate ice cream
Cooked spaghetti, shredded Monterey Jack cheese, thinly sliced scallions, tortilla chips, and cilantro for serving, optional


1. Brown the ground beef in a Dutch oven. Drain.

2. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the chile powder, cumin, cinnamon, coriander and cloves and cook, stirring occasionally, about 2 minutes.

3. Stir the water, tomato puree and diced tomatoes into the beef mixture and bring to a boil.

4. Simmer over moderately low heat for 1 hour and 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

5. Stir in the ice cream and cook until hot, about 5 minutes.

Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili
6. Season with salt and pepper. Serve the chili in bowls over spaghetti (I didn’t) with the optional toppings.

Note: To make ahead, refrigerate the chili for up to 3 days. Reheat gently before serving.

Serves 8

Recipe from Food & Wine Magazine

Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili

Hey Brian, Cheer Up. Have some chili. Listen to The Wolfhounds’ new album ‘Middle Aged Freaks’.

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2 Responses to Fire And Ice Ohio-Style Chili. Cheer Up, The Wolfhounds Are Playing.

  1. agedhipster says:

    If you ever get to Cindy, go to Camp Washington Chili and have a 4 way. I go nuts for Cincy style.

    • I’ve never been to Ohio, but definitely hope to….for the roller coasters!

      I have heard all sorts of good things about the 4 way chili. Thanks for the recommendation. I’ve got CWC on my Cincy list.

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