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Heartwarming Chili

A touch of baking cocoa gives this chili a rich flavor without adding sweetness. When I was growing up in the North, we served chili over rice. But after I married a Texan, I began serving it with chopped onions, shredded cheese and, of course, corn bread! —Audrey Byrne, Lillian, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + simmering
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 362 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 11g fiber), 31g protein.

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  • Julie
    Nov 18, 2019

    This is a really good recipe. I always change mine around a little. I actually added more spices, plus a little paprika. Yum.

  • krox722
    Aug 3, 2019

    This unusual blend of spices and flavors turned into an outstanding pot of chili. Served with cornbread, delicious!!

  • mother of 3
    Nov 20, 2018

    Tastes great! In a small crockpot I used 3/4 lb grass finished ground beef, 1 can blended diced tomatoes, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 1 can ranchero chili beans, 1/2 teaspoon granulated onion and garlic powders, 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan salt and ground black pepper. Used the oregano and cocoa. Very tasty.

  • birdyha
    Oct 8, 2018

    This is a great recipe for a traditional chili con carne. Bonus!!! - Its quick to make and even better reheated. I increased the baking cocoa to a tablespoon as I love the way it blends with the other spices. I served cornbread and honey as a side. If its too spicy for your taste, give it a dollop of sour cream. MMMMMMgood.

  • dollargirl
    Mar 23, 2018

    I made this as written and it was absolutely delicious!

  • I_Fortuna
    Mar 5, 2017

    In Texas, we don't put beans in our chili : )

  • fruitsofthespirit9
    Oct 1, 2013

    Made just like the recipe stated! Wonderful it!

  • Gary Harrison
    May 10, 2011

    This was absolutely awesome, everyone loved it. Top it with sharp cheddar and sour cream and you are done.

  • chrgabel515
    Feb 10, 2011

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  • SuzBrinkman
    Nov 15, 2010

    I love this recipe