Monday, February 7, 2011

Cincinnati Chili Dip

Super Bowl Sunday is not only a day for celebrating the best in football and debating what the best commercial is, its also a day where we all eat til our guts bust. It's like another Thanksgiving but without having to pretend you get along with your relatives. My favorite food to eat for the Super Bowl is what most Cincinnatians refer to as "Skyline Dip" (though any brand of Cincinnati chili will work). This is also my 2nd favorite Cincinnati chili dish, behind cheese coneys of course.

Most of our loyal readers have probably enjoyed Skyline Dip before, but for those who haven't, follow this recipe and directions, and make it for your next party.  Also, if you have any recipes involving Cincinnati chili, share them in the comments section.

1 block cream cheese
1 can of Cincinnati chili (I typically use Skyline, but this is your preference)
1 bag of shredded cheddar cheese (mild cheddar is typically used, but we changed it up a little and went with sharp)
1 bag of tortilla chips (I think Tostito's Scoops and Fritos Scoops work the best) 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Spread the block of cream cheese on the bottom of a Pyrex dish
Empty can of chili into the dish and cover the cream cheese layer
Put in oven for 5 minutes
Take out of oven and spread cheddar cheese over the chili
Put back in oven for 5 minutes
Take out of oven and let it cool down for a couple of minutes

Layer of Cream Cheese

Layer of Chili
Layer of Cheddar Cheese
Finished Product!


  1. Awesome blog! I just moved to Cincinnati but haven't tried any of the chili yet...

  2. I make mine in an 8x8 pan... it concentrates the chili-y goodness even more. So delicious!

  3. Chuck - Welcome to Cincinnati! Here is a good post to introduce you to Cincy Chili and according to the poll I did on here ( 30% of transplants didn't care for the chili at first, but loved it after having it a couple of more times.

    Lauren - I'll have to try that sometime, thanks for the advice!

  4. You can make it vegetarian friendly by cooking some black beans on the stove with a Skyline chili flavor packet... it's (quasi) healthier and tastes just as good :)

  5. cool, thanks for the veggie recipe Jen!

  6. I make that with Hormel chili, but never thought to use Skyline. Now I wonder, can I get skyline in a can here? I've seen it in the freezer section but the thought of a frozen 3-way frightens me a little.

  7. If you can't find it in stores I believe you can order cans on the skyline webpage

  8. @Laura - You should be able to find canned and/or frozen (non-3way) Skyline Chili at a Kroger affiliate near you. If Kroger doesn't have it, they should be able to special-order some for you. You can also order online at

    Disclosure: I work for the Skyline Chili public relations team.