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keto cincinnati chili

Keto Cincinnati Chili (Low Carb Keto Skyline Chili Recipe)

Summer Yule
Is Skyline Chili keto? The original Cincinnati chili recipe is served over spaghetti, but this keto Cincinnati chili uses spaghetti squash.
5 from 1 vote
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 164 kcal


  • 1 lb ground beef, extra lean (454 grams; 96/4 beef)
  • 1 cup water
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce (227 grams)
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

To Make 2-Way, 3-Way, 4-Way, or 5-Way Keto Cincinnati Chili:


  • Brown the ground beef in a cast iron skillet, breaking it into crumbles with a spatula as it cooks. 
  • Add the water, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, cloves, salt, crushed red pepper, garlic powder, bay leaf, and cider vinegar to the skillet. Simmer for 30 minutes, or up to 1 hour, over medium low heat. Stir the mixture occasionally. 
  • The liquid should mostly evaporate from the chili. If it’s drying out too much, partially cover the pan. 
  • Remove the bay leaf. To make the ways, serve the chili over roasted spaghetti squash, with onions, beans, and cheese on top (if desired). 
  • Cooking Tip! It might be better to think of Skyline chili as a meat sauce rather than a typical chili. Authentic Cincinnati chili tends to be thin, but I prefer it thick for ease of eating. You can add beef broth if you’d like to make it thinner. 


This is a level 1 recipe (may help support fat loss). Is Skyline chili bad for you? The original Skyline chili is high in calories, sodium, and refined carbs. I would consider this keto Skyline chili to be a healthier option, depending on what you’re looking for.
Skyline restaurant chili has 2040mg sodium in a regular 3-way chili, and 2310mg sodium in a regular 5-way chili. The recommended daily limit for sodium (per the Dietary Guidelines) is 2300mg per day. Our low carb chili recipe is a much better choice if you’re watching your sodium intake.
It may come as a surprise, but this cheesy, beefy plate of deliciousness clocks in at around 500 calories. Swapping out refined grain noodles for spaghetti squash is an easy way to lower the calories and carbs in this dish. Try spaghetti squash in other pasta recipes to create new, better-for-you family favorites.
Another benefit of using spaghetti squash is that it offers fluid volume and fiber. These elements can help volume eaters feel full on fewer calories.
Like the original Skyline chili recipe, our keto version offers plenty of protein to help keep you full. Adding the black soy beans and cheese toppings will help boost the protein up even more.
Nutrition information is for one serving of keto Cincinnati chili without spaghetti squash or toppings. Refer to the article for nutrition information for keto 3-way Cincinnati chili and keto 5-way Cincinnati chili.


Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 4.7gProtein: 25.2gFat: 4.8gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 621.3mgPotassium: 427.4mgFiber: 1.5gVitamin A: 11.9% DVVitamin C: 3.7% DVCalcium: 11.2% DVIron: 21.7% DV
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