Chef John Makes Cincinnati-Style Chili on His Hit YouTube Show 'Food Wishes' — and Includes a Recipe

The great thing about regional dishes is that out-of-towners are mystified by the simplest recipes if they've never eaten them before

click to enlarge Chef John's take on a 4-way - Photo: Screenshot of "Food Wishes"
Photo: Screenshot of "Food Wishes"
Chef John's take on a 4-way

Cincinnati-style chili just got some love from Chef John Mitzewich aka Chef John, a renowned internet gourmand whose long-running blog and show Food Wishes instructs millions of people how to create a range of different dishes. Chef John's often humorous commentary pairs nicely with his straightforward cooking advice. (Note that if you subscribe to his YouTube channel with his 3.29 million other fans, you're likely to become much more adept in the kitchen.)

Sure, Chef John's never been to Cincinnati, but that doesn't stop him from replicating a decent approximation of a 4-way, chili served atop spaghetti with onion and grated cheese. (The only bit of advice we'd offer is to include a bit of unsweetened cocoa for a more authentic taste and texture.)

The great thing about regional dishes is that out-of-towners are mystified by the simplest recipes if they've never eaten them before. Luckily, Cincinnati-style chili is pretty simple to make, so we can hope that enough cooks around the country will make and subsequently fall in love with the dish. However, we can surely expect folks from outside the Queen City to make the inevitable 3-way joke anytime they discuss our chili. Don't worry, though: Food Wishes is a suitable-for-work program.

Here's Chef John's recipe written down if you don't feel like watching.


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