Instant Pot Skyline Chili Cheese Coneys—a hot dog in a steamed bun with mustard, covered with copy cat Skyline chili, diced onions and a mound of shredded cheddar cheese.
Instant Pot Skyline Chili Cheese Coneys
Each week in 2020 I’m sharing a recipe inspired by one of the 50 states. So far I’ve covered…
- South Carolina
- New Mexico
- West Virginia
- South Dakota
- North Dakota
Today’s recipe is inspired by the Buckeye State, Ohio. Ohio’s nickname is “The Buckeye State” partially because many buckeye trees once covered Ohio’s hills and plains. I’ve heard once that the squirrels used to be able to cross the entire state on the treetops without touching the ground.
I have a special place in my heart for Ohio because Greg grew up there for 10 years of his life. We lived there as a married couple for a year. And we are big Ohio State buckeye fans. We go back there about once a year for an Ohio State football game. Greg has so many great memories from Ohio and it’s fun for my kids to hear about his childhood stories.
I considered making buckeyes for Ohio’s recipe (and probably will post another time). They are a peanut butter and chocolate candy that we typically make around Christmastime. They look like the buckeye nut, hence the name. But instead I opted to go for the famous Skyline Chili Cheese Coneys.
Instant Pot Skyline Chili
Skyline Chili is a restaurant in Ohio that started in 1949. According to their website, “As a child, our founder, Nicholas Lambrinides, watched and learned as his mother lovingly prepared her unique family recipes in their hometown of Kastoria, Greece. He marveled at the magical blend of flavors and dreamed of one day sharing her culinary delights with the world. Opportunity knocked when the family moved to America. They settled in the bustling Midwestern town of Cincinnati, Ohio. And in 1949, Nicholas realized his dream when he opened the doors of his first restaurant, perched atop Price Hill on the city’s West Side. His view of the downtown cityscape inspired the name and Skyline Chili was born.
“Skyline is famous for our incredibly delicious Cheese Coneys and 3-Ways. Our unique chili is still made with the original secret family recipe passed down through generations of the Lambrinides family. It’s extremely craveable. Some would even say addictive. All we know is people love it. And we love serving it to our family and friends.”
Skyline Chili is not your typical southwestern chili. Skyline Chili is served on top of spaghetti noodles or on a hot dog. The seasonings and spices used in the chili are unique and more Greek inspired. The chili is a meat sauce (no beans) in which the ground beef is boiled (not browned). So basically don’t expect chili when you make this recipe, expect a uniquely spiced meat sauce that tastes fantastic served over spaghetti or hot dogs with lots of onions and cheese!
Ways to eat Skyline Cincinnati Chili
There are several “ways” to eat Skyline chili. Here’s the breakdown:
- 2-way: spaghetti and chili
- 3-way: spaghetti, chili and cheese
- 4-way: spaghetti, chili, onions OR beans and cheese
- 5-way: spaghetti, chili, onion, beans and cheese
Here are the options for the chili dogs:
- Bun, hot dog and chili
- Bun, hot dog, chili and cheese
- Bun, hot dog, chili, mustard OR onion and cheese
- Bun, hot dog, chili, mustard, onion and cheese
My favorites are the ways with everything. I don’t normally think to eat raw onions but believe me they make these meals! I hope you like Instant Pot skyline chili as much as we did!
A hot dog in a steamed bun with mustard, covered with copy cat Skyline chili, diced onions and a mound of shredded cheddar cheese.
For the chili:
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 1/2 cups diced onions
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp allspice
- 1/4 tsp ground cloves
- 3 cups beef broth
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 pounds extra lean ground beef
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 Tbsp tomato paste
- 2 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
- Cooked hot dogs
- Steamed hot dog buns
- Finely grated cheddar cheese
- Chopped white onion
- Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil and swirl it around. Add in the onions and saute for 4-5 minutes. Turn off the Instant Pot. Stir in the chili powder, cocoa, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, allspice and cloves.
- Pour in the broth and scrape the bottom of the pot. Add in the vinegar, Worcestershire, salt, cayenne and ground beef. Use a spoon (I use this tool*) to break up the meat. Add in the bay leaves and tomato paste.
- Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes. When the time is up let the pot sit for 10 more minutes and then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
- Add in the tomato sauce. Break up the meat. Turn Instant Pot to saute setting on LESS. Simmer the contents of the pot for 30 minutes. During this time you can stir every 5 minutes or so. The meat sauce will reduce down significantly.
- While the sauce is simmering prepare your other ingredients.
- To serve place a hot dog in a bun and squirt a little mustard over the top, sprinkle onions on top, ladle a scoop of chili on top and then top with a generous portion of grated cheddar cheese. Eat and enjoy!
- Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*. You can make this in the 8 quart pot with no changes. For the 3 quart pot, halve the ingredients and keep the cooking time the same.
- Category: Beef
- Method: Instant Pot
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