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Chocoholic Chili - My New Go-to Recipe!

Updated on September 26, 2012
Super savory chili with cocoa powder and black beans
Super savory chili with cocoa powder and black beans

New and Improved Chili

I make chili quite often. So much so, that sometimes I have to look back on my wall calendar and make sure it is not too soon to have it again for my husband's sake. I actually look forward to the cooler weather and winter so that I have an excuse to make chili a lot. It has been one of my favorite meals my entire life and I think I have always made a really good chili. My husband even loves my chili, and he grew up with a very different style of chili than I did! I modeled my Western-style chili after my mother's recipe, but I never made it exactly the same way. I have found a new way of making chili with this recipe and will probably stay pretty true to this from now on. Once you try out this recipe, let me know what you think and let me know if you have a new way of making chili, too! I cannot wait to enter this into a contest!

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 6 hours
Ready in: 6 hours 15 min
Yields: serves about 6-8

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. ground chuck, browned
  • 1 small to med sweet onion, diced
  • 3 or 4 cloves fresh garlic, diced
  • 2 14 oz. cans diced tomatoes, I used one Italian style and one plain
  • 1 can of black beans, drained
  • 1 can of chili beans, drained
  • 1 14 oz can beef broth, plus 1/2 cup water w/ 2 beef bouillon cubes dissolved
  • 1/4 C chili powder, I prefer Penzey's Chili 3000
  • 3 Tbsp cocoa powder, this is awesome in chili!
  • 1 Tbsp cumin
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon, I prefer Penzey's Vietnamese Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Brown the ground chuck with the chopped onion and garlic cloves. I always chop up my garlic cloves into little pieces and slightly crush them to help bring out the flavor. I love garlic and the smell it makes in the kitchen as it cooks! Cook over medium heat until the onions become clear and then drain and empty into a crock pot. I actually dabbed the meat with a paper towel to soak up some of the grease because I am trying to make things a bit healthier for my family. For this recipe I used my large 7 quart crock pot.
  2. Next, empty the tomatoes into the crock pot with all their juices. I then drained the liquid off the beans but I didn't rinse them because I like to keep some of the liquid for flavoring. Then, add your beef broth and dissolved boullion cubes. Lastly, add all of your spices. I turned this on at 10:30 in the morning and had it cooking all day on low. It can use between 6-8 hrs on low in the crock pot.
  3. I actually like to put a cornbread muffin in the bottom of the bowl all crumbled up, and then I add my chili on top of it. The sweetness of the corn muffin counteracts the spiciness of the chili. This chili is really not overly spicy considering the 1/4 cup of chili powder in the recipe. You could make it much spicier if you'd like with the addition of hot peppers or hot sauce.
  4. Garnish this incredibly savory chili with shredded cheddar cheese (we prefer local Bucky Badger Sharp Cheddar), sour cream, green onions and/or bacon. Please let me know what you think of this, I guarantee you will not be disappointed! Enjoy! PS. It is even better the second day!

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Will have to check out the Dr. Pepper recipe, I'm drinking one right now actually! thanks for checking out my recipe!

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    GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

    Sounds like a must try. I also have Drpepper pancake recipe that i have posted its realy good to. Sometimes what sounds strange may be what your looking for. Great instructions. Voted up!!!

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I really hope you like this! I had it again recently and it truly is my favorite chili.

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    Jaime 4 years ago from New Jersey

    As a brownie baker, I always have cocoa in the house. I am definitely trying this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Thank you for checking out my recipe. I just made it again a few weeks ago and will again soon. I think the cocoa really makes it fantastic!

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    Brenda 4 years ago from Springfield, MO

    I have heard of chocolate chili before but I have never made. This looks realy good, and easy to make, Thanks for the recipe.

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    2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

    This does sound good, and it includes ingredients that I have never tried in chili.

    I am adding this to my Recipe Index for HubPages.

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I love the addition of cinnamon in this chili, I would highly recommend adding it to your next batch!

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    Amber Dahnke 4 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Today I am making this chili again and adding 1/2 tsp of cinnamon to the recipe. I will let you know what I think of it with this new addition. It smells fabulous so far!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    The chocolate is subtle in here, but adds just the right amount of "savory" to the flavor. My husband calls it "2nd day good" chili, usually his favorite time to eat chili is the day after I make it. Let me know what you think of it!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    barbergirl, my mom would sometimes put noodles in chili - usually just wide egg noodles. I might have to try that. I love Tabasco sauce in chili, but my husband does not, so we usually just have that on the table for me. I will have to try it with cinnamon also. And, my husband is not as big of a fan of beans as I am, but he definitely preferred this chili with the black beans.

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    HawaiiHeart 5 years ago from Hawaii

    omg...I have to try this. I'm such a chocoholic and my boys love chili! Thanks for sharing!

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    Stacy Harris 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

    My Chili is a little bit different... for me, I have always put noodles into it. One day however my husband said it was too bland. So I added a bunch of tabasco sauce... and then covered the spices with cinamon. It really makes it cover the spice so you eat it and later it bites you! I might have to try the cocoa... don't know if I could be convinced to use beans though! I am not a bean liker!

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    I will definitely think about it, we have some of the best Swiss food this side of the Atlantic here! And some of the best beer, Spotted Cow being the most famous.

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    Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Your title caught my eye because of the Cocoa Powder in the Chili. Will have to give this a try as it definitely sounds interesting. Thanks! Voted up and interesting.

    Hope you write about where you live and show us some photos. In my Little Norway hub you mentioned that New Glarus is like the "Little Switzerland" of Wisconsin. Sounds beautiful! Will you consider it? I'm sure that others would be equally interested. :)

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    My cousin told me SkyLine had cocoa in it too! I had it once in Cincinatti and I did like that very much, think I had it 3 way. This is a bit different, but hands down the best I have made. Thanks for stopping by my hubs!

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    Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

    Amberld, you are so nice to share your secret recipe with us. I must say that it hits home with me because I am a chocoholic. My midwest background includes trips to SkyLine Chili every week for their chili that included cocoa as well. I think your recipe may be the winner here! Voted up.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Trust me on the cocoa, I will never make chili without it again! My husband actually wanted some more of this chili in the coming week but it's supposed to be 77 here tomorrow - so I probably won't make it. Let me know what you think, it is truly a memorable bowl of chili.

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    Olive Ellis 5 years ago

    Cocoa in chilli? I dunno, but I will give it a try! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    he said it was the best I ever made and that he would like to see me make it like this all the time. I will never do it without cocoa powder again!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Excellent recipe. The Cocoa Powder makes a big difference in this suntous Dish. Your hubby must love this one! Voted up!

    LORD

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    Yes, I have heard of adding chili powder to brownie recipes, but have never tried that myself. I think I will try it in a future brownie recipe. I had never heard of adding cocoa powder to chili either until I ran across a recipe that used it on Pinterest. Thought I'd try it in my chili and I loved it. So did my husband.

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    Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

    I have never heard of adding cocoa to chili, but I'm intrigued now! I'll have to give this a try sometime.

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    Amber Dahnke 5 years ago from New Glarus, WI

    It is hard to describe how good this chili is. Really, the favorite I've ever made. let me know what you think when you make it!

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    mljdgulley354 5 years ago

    hmm cocoa is not something I would have thought to put in chili. I have not used the black beans either. Will have to try this recipe next time I make chili