Friday, October 19, 2018

No-Bean Chocolate Chili #choctoberfest

I think some version of chili is just about everyone's go-to meal - perfect for chilly days (see what I did there?), great for feeding  a crowd, and a very popular potluck dish to serve.

A couple of years ago, we started making this no-bean version at a time when I was having a lot of digestive issues.  It's also great with beans, of course, but the bean / no-bean controversy is real, and options are a good thing.

The cocoa added to the chili provides depth and draws out the flavors of the spices.  Give it a good long time to simmer - chili gets better and better the longer the flavors have to meld together.

It goes without saying that this is wonderful for leftovers and freezes, so make a lot!

No-Bean Chocolate Chili
Serves 8

1 onion, minced
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tblsp. bacon grease or coconut oil
1 lb. ground beef
1 lb. ground pork
3 Tblsp. chili powder
1 Tblsp. chipotle powder
2 tsp. dried cilantro
2 Tblsp. cumin
2 Tblsp. cocoa powder
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. salt
1 can tomato paste
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
2 1/2 cups beef broth
1 cup water

Heat bacon grease in a stock pot, and saute onions for about 10 minutes. Add garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, for 30 seconds or so until fragrant.

Add ground meat and cook, stirring, until browned.  If necessary, drain excess fat.

Combine dry ingredients together in a small bowl, to create a spice blend.  Add to meat and stir.

Add tomato paste and tomatoes, and stir. Add broth and water.

Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook for at least an hour.

To serve, provide toppings: sour cream, shredded cheese, olives, jalepeno slices, red pepper flakes. Let everyone make up their own bowl as desired.  Provide crackers or corn bread to go along with it.

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  1. Yay for chocolate chili! Can't wait to try this out! :]

  2. Never thought to add cocoa powder to chili! But it sounds delicious!! Can't wait to try it :)

  3. You've been on a chocolate roll!! And this looks amazing - Thanks for sharing at the What's for Dinner party. I look forward to the treats you'll bring next week. Have a great rest of the week!

  4. Your chili looks delicious and I really like the addition of the chocolate! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen