Beef Chili with Chocolate

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recipe by Octopus Publishing

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    9hrs 15mins
  • Serves icon
  • Calories icon
based on 1 ratings

A little bit of bittersweet chocolate makes all the difference to this rich, smoky beef chili, adding subtle depth. Serve with rice, cornbread, or tortilla chips.

recipe updated Jun 8, 2020


  • Onion icon
    1 (about 140 g)
  • Garlic clove icon
    Garlic clove
    3 (about 18 g)
  • Paprika icon
    as needed
  • Red pepper flakes icon
    Red pepper flakes
    ½ tsp (about 0.4 g)
  • Tomato icon
    400 g (about 2 ¾)
  • Canned red kidney beans icon
    Canned red kidney beans
    400 g (about 1 ½ cups)
  • Sour cream icon
    Sour cream
    as needed
  • Sunflower oil icon
    Sunflower oil
    1 tbsp (about 14.25 g)
  • Ground beef icon
    Ground beef
    454 g (about 2 cups)
  • Ground cumin icon
    Ground cumin
    1 tsp (about 2.1 g)
  • Ground cinnamon icon
    Ground cinnamon
    1 tsp (about 2.65 g)
  • Bay leaves icon
    Bay leaves
    1 (about 0.2 g)
  • Dark brown sugar icon
    Dark brown sugar
    2 tbsp (about 24.3 g)
  • Beef stock icon
    Beef stock
    1 ¼ cups (about 300 g)
  • Bittersweet chocolate icon
    Bittersweet chocolate
    28.38 g (about 2 ⅝ tbsp)
  • Salt & pepper icon
    Salt & pepper
    as needed


  • kCook icon Skillet pan
  • kCook icon Slow cooker bowl
  • kCook icon Serving plate
  • kCook icon Medium cast iron skillet

Step preview

  1. Heat sunflower oil to a clean medium cast iron skillet
  2. Add ground beef and onion to the medium cast iron skillet
  3. Fry evenly until browned
  4. Stir in garlic clove to the medium cast iron skillet
  5. Add paprika, ground cumin, red pepper flakes, ground cinnamon and bay leaves to the medium cast iron skillet
  6. Cook - approx 1 min
  7. Add tomato, canned red kidney beans, dark brown sugar, beef stock and bittersweet chocolate to the medium cast iron skillet
  8. Season with salt & pepper
  9. Boil while stirring occasionally
  10. Transfer content of medium cast iron skillet to slow cooker bowl and cover
  11. Cook until just cooked - 9 hr, low heat
  12. Transfer mixture to 4 serving plates
  13. Drizzle with sour cream
  14. Serve
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