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Skyline Chili Fix via the Web

Gone from the LA board and now happily ensconsed on the General Topics board and linked on the local LA discussion of Cincinnati chili.


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  1. Thanks for posting the link. I will be curious to follow this thread and gain some insight.

    As a transplant from L.A. to Cincinnati, it's amazing to me that anyone would want/need to mail order Skyline to them! No one in our family will eat it. But I know we're in the minority around here! (-:

    1. Yes, this is an acquired taste. Family sends us the mix or the cans when we run out. We also make it from scratch from the Frugal Gourmet cookbook. We love it and eat it as much as we can when back in KY. It is a Greek chili, highly spiced and made with high quality meat. This is a very special meal to those of us who live away from Ky and Ohio.

      1. I'm in FL and we have a Skyline Chili 30 minutes from my house. People seem to loathe it completely or totally love and crave it. I happen to love it: the total package of mild spices, cheddar cheese, al dente spaghetti, hot sauce, and the crackers. I've stopped eating beef but now I make it at home using lentils instead of meat. Sounds crazy but it's delicious and almost like the real thing.

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        1. re: EmmaToo

          EmmaToo, I googled 'skyline chili' and it says they have 5 stores in Florida. I'm surprised at that, but I bet the owners have a vacation home in Fla. and like to have a business reason to go down.

          That's an interesting recipe on recipezaar for lentil Cincinnati Chili. I'll have to try it, since we too are cutting back on the beef. I wonder if you can use the slow-cooker for it. Thanks.

          1. re: dumas

            Hi Dumas! You're probably right. My sister and brother-in-law would love to open a franchise but you obviously gotta have a lot of coin.

            I just made the Cincinnati Lentils last night - it's really good stuff. Of course I pile on the cheddar cheese and hot sauce. That just makes the whole dish so comforting for me. I'm sure you could use the slow cooker for the recipe. Basically you're just dumping everything into a pot anyway. I like to saute my veggies first but that's optional since it simmers for a while.

        2. Ah, Skyline. My lovely wife is from southwestern Ohio, and we moved to Cinci for a few years right after getting married. The first time she fed me the stuff I was sure it was a prank. But then a week or so later I had this craving for a three way, and a habit was born. Now every time we visit the in-laws I go to Kroger and pack a styrofoam cooler with frozen chili.

          FWIW, my upbringing may have rendered me unusually susceptible. I spent formative years in Tulsa, OK, where the Coney I-Lander chain served mini hot dogs with Greek chili. I don't recall spaghetti, but those little Coneys with shredded yellow cheese and Louisiana hot sauce - oh, yeah...

          So what's the Cincinnati - Tulsa Greek chili nexus, anyway?

          1. For you Skyline fans, here's a question; I don't have a restaurant around here but they sell it at Kroger's. Which is better, canned or frozen?

            1. I've been obsessed with Cincinnati chili since traveling there on business twice in a month back in 1992. After that first month, I did order some on-line. The canned version is sadly not the equal of the onsite Ohio version, but it is as close as we can get out here in Ca. I sometimes spend a long weekend at a film festival in Columbus and always go to Skyline at least twice. Love the oyster crackers too.

              1. For non-natives, Cincy Chili suffers from an unfortunate misnomer - because it's not what most people think of as chili. It's not chunks of meat or hamburger with beans - it's thin, like gruel. My Philly-born husband had rejected it for over 20 years always complaining that "it's NOT chili" so I told him to just think of it as Greek Spaghetti - now, he likes it Mikey! Janet is right it IS an acquired taste; and after you get hooked on Skyline, then you can move on to GOETTA...now that's a fine treat!

                1. I buy the Skyline mix (not branded that way, but it's made by Skyline) off Amazon.com. They sell it in 6 packs. I tend to let it cook down to a thicker consistency than you get in the restaurants, but it's great stuff. Cook up some spaghetti, get some shredded cheddar, and you're on your way!