Cincinnati Chili Dip

Cincinnati Chili Dip is a Queen City staple during the holidays, and comes together in a snap!

Cincinnati Chili Dip

I don’t know what it is about 2016, but this has been one of the worst years I can recall, aside from 2001. The funny thing is, my usual bouts of homesickness haven’t hit me quite as hard as they normally do, which is somewhat surprising.

Although in looking back at things this time last year, it’s amazing the difference 365 days makes. I suspect in hindsight, I should’ve left my job at the bank a long time before I actually did. Given my attitude now, I think remaining in a dead-end job I no longer liked or cared about was not the best idea, even if it came with decent benefits.

I also think it contributed a LOT to my seasonal depression–I haven’t been feeling nearly as low as I usually do during this time of year. Which is not to say I haven’t been struggling–There are still gloomy days when I feel maudlin and melancholy, and when I cry at the drop of a hat. But they haven’t been nearly as frequent as they’ve been in the past.

I also have noticed that I haven’t been baking nearly as much as I usually do, either. Which also isn’t to say that I’ve been lax completely, but I haven’t been piling up the Christmas cookies and treats with the intensity as I have in the past. I guess it’s more that I haven’t felt the NEED to bake as much as before. I also don’t recall the last time I made Cincinnati Chili anything…possibly in the summer, but I feel like it’s been a long time.

And I went scrolling through my archives to discover I apparently have not posted a recipe for Cincinnati Chili Dip before.

Cincinnati Chili Dip

Also known as Skyline or Gold Star Dip (or insert-the-name-of-your-favorite-chili-parlor-Dip), it’s a staple for parties, family get-togethers, or any event where dip is necessary or appropriate.

Cincinnati Chili Dip

And it’s super easy to make. If you want to go the route of making your Cincinnati Chili from scratch, it’s a little more complex, but there’s something to be said for homemade stuff. I┬átake the shortcut of using a seasoning packet, but you can also purchase cans of your favorite brand of Cincinnati Chili (both Skyline and Gold Star offer them online), and make it even easier on yourself.

(Also, if anyone wants to buy me chili for Christmas, know that while I prefer Skyline, I’ll eat Gold Star if it’s available)

Cincinnati Chili Dip

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  • 12 oz. cream cheese, room temperature.
  • 2 C Cincinnati Chili*
  • 1-2 C shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • tortilla or corn chips, for serving


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the cream cheese in the bottom of an 8X8-inch baking dish.
  3. Spread the Cincinnati Chili on top of the cream cheese.
  4. Top with the shredded cheese.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and the chili is bubbly.
  6. Serve with tortilla or corn chips.


*If using canned chili, 1 15-oz. can of chili can be used in place of the 2 C of homemade.


2 thoughts on “Cincinnati Chili Dip

  1. I feel your pain. South Dakota is a very depressing place. The German/American culture embraces loneliness and solitude and the wind just makes it worse. You need a vaction, way far away Rachel. As they said when I lived there, "Go away for a month and don't come back." Most have already don it. hehehe I love Cincinnati chili and this dip sounds wonderful. I'll try it, soon. Merry Christmas to all. Ho Ho Ho :)

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