If you have been looking for a copycat Cincinnati Chili Recipe, then you will love this super fast version. Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili has all the flavors of the classic skyline chili, but is made in only minutes in the Instant Pot. Served over spaghetti and tops with tons of cheese and onions, you will love the unique flavor of this Instant Pot Chili recipe.

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Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili is a delicious Instant Pot Beef recipe. I am always looking for unique Instant Pot recipes, and this may just be my new favorite! I first tried Cincinnati Chili at one of my favorite Myrtle Beach restaurants, Ritzy’s. They sadly went out of business and I have been dying to recreate the unique flavors of their Cincinnati Chili ever since! The family who owned the restaurant was from Cincinnati and the only thing on the menu was this chili! I have never actually been to Cincinnati or been to a Skyline, but I have such fond memories of this restaurant that I knew I wanted to try out my own version of their Cincinnati Chili!

Does anyone else have that problem when you can never think of a good ground beef recipe? I pull ground beef out of the freezer the night before which such good intentions, and then dinner time rolls around and I’m stuck! I usually stick with my classic Italian meatball recipe or even switch it up and make my daughter’s favorite porcupine balls, but it is nice to have a wide variety of ground beef recipes. We love chili, but I think I may love Cincinnati Chili even more!

If you have never heard of Skyline or Cincinnati Chili, it is really delicious! Don’t go in expecting the classic Tex-Mex taste of chili because you won’t find that here! Skyline Chili is a brand out of Ohio that specializes in Cincinnati Chili. It has Greek and Lebanese origins and is actually more of a meat sauce than a traditional chili.

Skyline Chili is served in “ways.” You choose the way, and my favorite is four way, with spaghetti, tons of cheddar cheese, and finely minced onions. You can also make it 5 way and add kidney beans on top! You definitely want to garnish this chili with oyster crackers and hot sauce too!

Chili always tastes best when simmered for hours, but I knew that the Instant Pot could get that same slow simmered flavor in a fraction of the time! This chili turned out so flavorful, tender, and my entire family loved it! Give this copycat of the Cincinnati classic a try anytime you want a unique, but delicious dinner in under 30 minutes!

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How to make Cincinnati Chili in the Instant Pot

Easy Instant Pot Skyline Chili
5 from 1 vote

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili is an incredible take on the classic chili recipe. You will love the unique flavors of this Ohio favorite! 

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Cincinnati Chili
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6 people
Author Amanda @ Old House to New Home


  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 2 lbs. lean ground beef
  • 1 onion diced fine
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 6 ounces of tomato paste
  • 1 15 oz can tomato sauce
  • 3 cups of beef stock
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cumin
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Turn your Instant Pot to saute. Once it reads HOT, add oil and then ground beef and onion. Cook beef until browned, and use a potato mashed or wooden spoon to break the meat up into very fine pieces. Once brown add garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant.

  2. Turn the saute function off. Add all remaining ingredients and stir well. Put lid on the Instant Pot and turn to Manual or High Pressure and set timer to 25 minutes. Let cook and when the timer beeps, let the pressure out with a quick release.
  3. Serve over spaghetti and top with desired toppings. I recommend onions and cheddar cheese.

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14 thoughts on “Instant Pot Cincinnati Chili

  1. The instructions in the recipe read: “Turn your Instant Pot to saute. Once it reads HOT, add olive and then ground beef and onion.”

    Olive…??? There are no olives in the ingredients!
    Do you mean to use EVOO as opposed to Canola oil, or do you really add olives and that ingredient was omitted from the ingredients list?

  2. As a native from Cincinnati, I’ll have to try this. I love Cincy style chili and can’t get enough. My kids that were born in Texas love it just as much but it’s not for everybody. That said, don’t knock it until you try it!!!

    1. It definitely isn’t for everybody but I definitely love it!! It’s so unique and a great dinner recipe!

  3. I will definitely try this. I have made it before in a dutch oven and it has always turned out good. I just got an instant pot a couple of weeks ago, so I am looking forward to trying this method. I like it on spaghetti, however….it’s great on hot dogs.

  4. 5 stars
    This recipe definitely earns the “Ohio expat with a shiny new Instant Pot” stamp of approval. 🙂

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