Make Ahead

One-Pot Dark Chocolate Beef Chili

January  8, 2014
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  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

A lot of ingredients, but only three steps and one pot for a spicy, smoky-sweet chili with a little twist. —Cynthia Chen McTernan

What You'll Need
  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 14-ounce can crushed tomatoes (or 29-ounce if you want a thinner chili)
  • 1 14-ounce can diced tomatoes OR 3 fresh medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 14-ounce can of black beans, or whichever bean you like most
  • 1 stalk (rib) of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 bell pepper, diced
  • 1-2 jalapenos, diced (less if you don't like spice)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder (adjust to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1-2 teaspoons crushed red chili pepper (to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne (to taste)
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (a little less than 2 ounces), melted
  • 2-3 tablespoons brown sugar (optional and to taste)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup (optional and to taste)
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth (optional, for thinning)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • shredded cheese of your choice for topping
  • sliced green onions for topping
  1. Brown the beef and onions together in a large pot over medium heat until beef is cooked through and onions are soft. Once cooked through, you can drain the fat if you like.
  2. If not, go ahead and add everything else into the pot (as easy as that). You may want to melt the chocolate before adding it, but it might not make a difference, up to you. You also may want to start with less seasoning than the recipe calls for and adjust to taste, especially after allowing it to simmer for some time.
  3. Let simmer on medium-low heat for 45 minutes to an hour, or until flavors blend together. Serve with plenty of green onions, cheddar cheese (or any cheese of your choice -- I used smoked gouda because that was what we had and it was amazing), and more jalapenos if you like.
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