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Chocolate Chili

By Paula Deen


Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Servings: 8-10



  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 2 chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 seeded and minced jalapeño peppers
  • 2 (15 oz) cans undrained ranch-style beans
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 (15 oz) cans drained and rinsed black beans
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 4 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups beef broth


In a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, add the ground beef and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add the onions, chili powder and cumin, and stir together. Add the cocoa, garlic and jalapeños, mix together and cook for 2 minutes. Next, add in the ranch-style beans, cayenne pepper and oregano, and cook for another minute. Add the black beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and broth, cover and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

Garnish with sour cream, shredded cheese and chives if desired.