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Chocolate Chipotle Chili

This simple, 45 minute Chocolate Chipotle Chili has such a rich depth of flavor, for a different take on your usual chili recipe!

In today’s episode of cooking from your pantry & freezer, I just found some leftover holiday chocolate in the back of the cupboard. Hmm… If cocoa powder is good in chili, dark chocolate should be as well, right? Presenting: Chocolate Chipotle Chili!

bowl of chocolate chipotle chili

I already had open chipotle peppers in my fridge from last week’s easy black bean soup, so incorporating some of those into today’s chili was a no-brainer. Combined with the dark chocolate, the chipotles made for a deliciously different sweet & spicy take on chili.

Chocolate Chipotle Chili

I started with this older easy chipotle turkey chili recipe as a base, and messed with it just a bit to create today’s chocolate chipotle chili recipe.

chocolate chipotle chili ingredients

Ingredients

1 lb ground beef (I used 85/15)
1/2 of a medium yellow onion, chopped
2 tsp minced garlic (about four cloves)
3 chipotle peppers (from a can of chipotles in adobo), chopped (cut down to 1-2, if you are sensitive to heat)
1 Tbsp adobo sauce from the can
2 Tbsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup water
1 oz dark chocolate (see note)
Sea salt, to taste

Directions

Chop the onion and garlic.

Cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a soup pot or Dutch oven for about eight minutes over medium-high heat, until the beef is cooked through, stirring occasionally and breaking it up as you go.

While the ground beef is browning, chop the chipotles.

Drain the beef. Stir in chipotles, adobo sauce, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cinnamon, and simmer over medium-low heat for two minutes.

add chocolate to your chili

Stir in the beans, tomatoes, water, chocolate, and sea salt. Simmer partly covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

pot of chocolate chipotle chili

Serve with your favorite chili toppings. (I topped mine with shredded cheddar and served over a baked potato, which was just lovely.)

Note: I used 7 Hershey’s Dark Kisses in this recipe, but you could use dark chocolate chips or a piece of a dark chocolate bar. If you don’t have dark chocolate on hand, substitute unsweetened cocoa powder + a little brown sugar, to taste.

Chili for a chilly day

Chocolate Chipotle Chili has a rich depth of flavor, for a different take on your usual chili recipe! Dark chocolate and chipotle peppers flavor this easy 45 minute chili to sweet & spicy perfection.

Satisfying heat with just a hint of underlying sweetness? That’s what I’m talking about! Sweet & spicy chocolate chipotle chili hits the spot, on a day when you might need a little something extra in your dinner. 45 minutes start to finish, this easy chili recipe is also so simple to throw together using mostly staples from your pantry.

Chocolate Chipotle Chili, printable recipe

Chocolate Chipotle Chili

This simple, 45 minute Chocolate Chipotle Chili has such a rich depth of flavor, for a different take on your usual chili recipe!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 5 people

Equipment

dutch oven
food chopper

Ingredients

  • 1 lb ground beef I used 85/15
  • 1/2 of a medium yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tsp minced garlic about four cloves
  • 3 chipotle peppers from a can of chipotles in adobo, chopped (cut down to 1-2, if you are sensitive to heat)
  • 1 Tbsp adobo sauce from the can
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cans fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 can black beans rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 oz dark chocolate see note
  • Sea salt to taste

Instructions

  • Chop the onion and garlic.
  • Cook the ground beef, onion, and garlic in a soup pot or Dutch oven for about eight minutes over medium-high heat, until the beef is cooked through, stirring occasionally and breaking it up as you go.
  • While the ground beef is browning, chop the chipotles.
  • Drain the beef. Stir in chipotles, adobo sauce, chili powder, oregano, cumin, and cinnamon, and simmer over medium-low heat for two minutes.
  • Stir in the beans, tomatoes, water, chocolate, and sea salt. Simmer partly covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with your favorite chili toppings. (I topped mine with shredded cheddar and served over a baked potato, which was just lovely.)

Notes

I used 7 Hershey’s Dark Kisses in this recipe, but you could use dark chocolate chips or a piece of a dark chocolate bar. If you don’t have dark chocolate on hand, substitute unsweetened cocoa powder + a little brown sugar, to taste.

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