Skyline Chili is a Cincinnati institution. I don’t live in Cincinnati anymore, but I get random cravings for cheese coneys all the time. I stock up on cans of chili whenever I’m in Ohio, because I just plain can’t replicate the recipe on my own (and believe me, I’ve tried).
Skyline Dip is requisite at holidays, football-watching parties, and other celebratory occasions.
Wait…you’ve never had Skyline Dip?
Whenever you’re feeling good and hungry…
If you’re in Ohio (or a neighboring state, like Kentucky, Indiana, or That State Up North), go to a grocery store and pick up a can (or four) of Skyline chili. If you’re not? Order some online.
Skyline Dip is the easiest, most delicious party dip ever, and even though it might not qualify as haute cuisine, I’m a fan. My little sis, who usually stays far away from her oven, made a batch this weekend. Actually, all of the photos in this post are of her Skyline Dip.
You’ll need: cream cheese, a white onion, Skyline chili, shredded cheddar cheese, and tortilla chips for dipping.
Preheat your oven to 350.
Layer #1: the cream cheese.
Squeeze the contents of a 12 oz. package of cream cheese into a glass baking dish. If you’re feeling dangerous (or using a large baking dish), use two packages. Grab a spatula or spoon, and spread the cream cheese so that it coats the bottom of the baking dish.
Layers #2 & #3: onions and Skyline.
Diced onions are the optional second layer. I like onions on my Skyline, so I chopped up a third of a large white onion and sprinkled the onion over the cream cheese. Pour chili over the top of the onions. I like to use at least two cans, but the “official” recipe only calls for one (15 oz). Go big or go home!
Layer #4: cheeeeeese!
Sprinkle as much shredded cheese on top as you can fit in the pan. Slide the baking dish into the oven, and bake until the cheese is melty and gooey. This usually takes about 10 minutes. Place the dip in front of your friends with a big bag of tortilla chips, and watch it disappear.
There’s no photo of the finished dip. It was gone too soon. The best I could do was a pre-oven photo.