“Cincinnati” Chili Dip

One of the reasons I started this website was to offer my own tips and recipes for that Martha Stewart-like quality of combining time-efficient convenience and pleasing results. This recipe comes from a true story about one of these life-hack recipes. One of the reasons I put a high priority on time-savers is because I travel a lot for work. So, I was talking to a Delta pilot who told me that he flies through Cincinnati quite a bit and likes to pick up some Gold Star Chili—or “Brown” Star Chili as he and his friends like to call it, due to its dog food-like appearance. But it’s also delicious and a key ingredient in creating a delicious potluck side in hardly no time at all.



1 can of Cincinnati-style chili

1 small container of cream cheese

1 small bag of shredded cheddar cheese



  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Evenly spread the cream cheese on the bottom of the casserole dish.
  3. Pour and spread the can of Cincinnati-style chili over the cream cheese.
  4. Cover the chili in a generous amount of shredded cheese.
  5. Cook in the oven for about 10 minutes.


If you’re going to a larger gathering, you have a sense this dip will be a hit, and you have an oversized casserole dish or you’re up for making two separate dishes, then naturally you can double-up the ingredients. However, you better have a solid plan for transporting this much dip. If you know the host and/or plan on arriving a little early, you can also simplify the transportation issue by spreading the cream cheese and then bringing the chili and cheese separately. Finish making the dip at the party!

Don’t stress about keeping the dip hot the entire night. Cincinnati chili dip is like pizza. You’ll find plenty of people who will eat and enjoy this dip when it’s cold, but pretty much everybody agrees, it’s best when it’s served warm-to-hot.

Now, you may not be in the Cincinnati Airport anytime soon, and you’re unlikely to find cans of Cincinnati chili at your local grocery store. Fortunately, you can order Skyline Chili (one of the most popular types of Cincinnati chili) online! Buy it in cans for convenience, or seasoning packs to make the chili from scratch!