Chocolate Chili

So…most of you probably thought I fell off the face of the earth, or that I just gave up on Thepreppedchef blog. No fear..I am still here! I have been swamped with work and juggling some changes in my schedule, but I am going to try to be consistent with my posts, so that I can continue to share my love of cooking and baking healthy meals and treats, and to continue encouraging you to do the same. I have missed posting on my blog..but I wanted to make sure that my next post was something that I knew you all would love. 

chocolate chili

Even though spring almost here…much of the country is still experiencing the vortex wrath. Although there is no snow here in San Francisco, it has been gloomy and rainy the past few days. This kind of weather calls for some heart warming chili. I made this recipe for Superbowl Sunday, and it was more of a crowd pleaser than the football game. I know that this recipe will tickle your taste buds, and leave you with a little kick of ancho chili spice. But…the secret ingredient is…100% unsweetened cocoa! The intense flavors of the dark chocolate combined with the smokey ancho chili powder make for the perfect chili. 

Chocolate Chili
Serves 10
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
2 hr
  1. 3 pounds ground beef
  2. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  3. 2 medium onions, diced
  4. 5 garlic cloves, halved
  5. 1 jalapeno, chopped
  6. 1/3 cup Ancho Chili Pepper
  7. 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  8. 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  9. 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  10. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 1 teaspoon sugar
  12. 1 (28-ounce) can whole tomatoes
  13. 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  14. 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans chili beans (I used mild)
  15. 1/4 cup cornmeal or polenta
  16. 1 tablespoon grated unsweetened chocolate
  17. 3 cups shredded Cheddar, for serving
  18. chopped green onions for serving
  1. 1. In a dutch over dish, saute onions over medium heat, until they start to caramelize (10 mins)
  2. 2. Add in ground beef, lightly season with salt and pepper, brown meat for several minutes
  3. 3. After the beef is browned, mix in the garlic halves, chopped jalapeño pepper and ancho chili pepper, cumin, paprika, garlic powder and cinnamon
  4. 4. Pour the entire can of tomatoes, with the liquid, into a separate bowl and hand-crush until chunky; add the crushed tomatoes to the pot along with the tomato paste.
  5. 5. Allow to cook for about 20 mins
  6. 6. Next stir in the beans (with liquid from can) and cornmeal/polenta. Season with salt and pepper and simmer for at least about 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Partially cover the pot so the steam does not get trapped under the lid and drip down into the chili making it watery.
  7. 7. Just a few minutes before serving, stir in the grated chocolate.
  8. 8. Serve over rice or cornbread...or just with chips/crackers.
  9. 9. Top with cheddar cheese and green onions!!
Adapted from Tyler Florence's Chili
The Prepped Chef
I love that chili is so versatile. You can serve it over rice, with corn bread or even just with crackers and everyone will love it just the same. This is the perfect weekend meal that will carry you into weekday lunches. Good news is…the leftovers are even better than the first day!! You will love this recipe, and I like me, it will probably be the last chili recipe you ever need. 

chocolate chili

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About Sheena

There are many different facets of interest in my personal and professional life. My passion for baking has developed over the past several years; I love the satisfaction of sharing my delicious treats with friends and family. My sweet tooth, and love of baking is quite contradictory of my profession. I am a dentist, and currently a post-doctoral student, studying a dental specialty. My other interest is health and fitness...again...quite controversial of my baked goods..but, I believe....all things in moderation. I enjoy running and working out, and even making healthy entrees for my husband and I. After following several other food blogs, I decided, that this would be a new hobby. I am passionate about everything I take part in, and hope that you enjoy this blog and that it inspires you to make each day delicious with homemade prepared meals....and desserts :)
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4 Responses to Chocolate Chili

  1. Looks delicious! I’m glad to see you are posting again. :]


  2. Katie T says:

    This looks amazing! I can’t wait to make this!

  3. Love your version of chili. Will definitely have to try this one!

  4. Wow this looks so flavorful! Yum!!

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