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Cincinnati-Style Chili Cheese Bratwurst

  • Author: Nicole Nared-Washington from Brown Sugar Food Blog
  • Total Time: 50 mins
  • Yield: 5


Make these Cincinnati-Style Chili Cheese Bratwurst with Johnsonville bratwurst and easy Cincinnati Chili topped with finely shredded cheddar cheese.


  • 1 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 15 oz. tomato sauce
  • 6 oz. tomato paste
  • ½ c. dark kidney beans
  • 1.75 oz. Cincinnati style chili flavor
  • c. water
  • 1 package of Johnsonville Bratwurst, uncooked
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, finely grated
  • Hot Dog buns


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees or prepare your grill according to manufacturing standards.
  2. In a large pot, heat to medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Add the diced onions and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and allow to cook until fragrant for about 2-3 minutes. Add the ground beef and cook until browned. Chop the ground beef as finely as possible using a wooden spoon. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Don’t drain the ground beef. Add the tomato sauce, tomato paste, kidney beans, and chili seasoning and stir. Add the water and stir once more. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Use an immersion blender and blend the chili on low for about 1 minute. Just until the chili is less chunky (this is optional). Continue to simmer on low for about 5 minutes. Cover until ready to serve.
  5. If using the oven, place the bratwurst in a heavy-duty skillet sprayed with non-stick spray. For about 5-7 minutes on both sides. If using a grill, cook on the grill for about the same length of time on both sides. The bratwurst should be browned. Allow cooling slightly.
  6. Add cooked bratwurst to the hot dog bun, top off with chili, and finely shredded cheddar cheese and serve.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Category: Main