Dark Chocolate Beef Chili

I am definitely not a winter person.

Huddling (and sometimes getting lost) inside layers of clothing is not my idea of fun at all. I hate having to wear jackets all the time, running up huge electricity bills and totally getting blamed for it, washing dishes after dishes in the cold tiled kitchen (a food blogger nightmare!), existing on mugs and mugs of coffee that I turn into a caffeinated zombie half way through the day….

But if there’s one thing I love about this crazy weather, it’s my one pot, rich, spicy warmers in the forms of stews, curries and now this chili….

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Chili or Chili con carne is a Tex Mex delight; in fact it is the official dish of Texas. At its heart, a chili con carne is a rich meat stew with hot chili peppers and tomatoes. To add or not add beans to a chili is a matter of much debate and you can choose to make it however you wish to. I had a tin of black beans languishing in my pantry so in it went.

Dark chocolate in a chili is not very common but you will be surprised at the depth of flavour that a bit of chocolate can add to this beef chili. It has to be dark chocolate and not the sweetened milk ones as it would make the dish too sweet. You do not get to taste the chocolate as such but there definitely is a balance, a meeting of flavours that happens which makes this dish a delicious treat.

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And of course, what’s a chili without some chilli? Used in a couple of different varieties, the chilli is what makes this dish a real winter warmer. You can play around with the quantities to suit your tastes; mine can’t be anything but hot.

Beef is the meat of choice but if you do not eat beef, then lamb would be a good substitute. You really do not need any other accompaniments with a chili con carne; just a bowl of it topped with jalapenos and plenty of grated cheese.

So, here’s how you make a comforting pot of dark chocolate beef chili to warm your insides on a cold winter night!


Ingredients:

1. 1 ½ kg beef mince
2. 1 large onion, finely chopped
3. 1 can crushed tomatoes
4. 3 medium tomatoes; finely chopped
5. 1 can black beans (optional or use any variety you prefer)
6. 2 medium celery stalks, finely chopped
7. 1 medium carrot, finely chopped
8. 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped
9. 3 red jalapenos; finely chopped
10. 2 tbsp red chili powder
11. 1 tsp cumin powder
12. 2 tsp red chilli flakes
13. 1 tsp cayenne pepper
14. ¼ cup melted dark chocolate
15. 1 tsp brown sugar
16. 2 tbsp tomato sauce
17. Salt, to season
18. Black pepper, to season
19. 1 red jalapeno; sliced for garnish
20. Cheddar, grated for garnish

Instructions:

1. Keep all your ingredients chopped and ready to go.
2. In a large heavy bottom pan, brown the ground beef.
3. Next add the onions and brown for a couple of minutes.
4. Then add all the other ingredients and mix well to combine. Add less seasonings if you wish to and build up as you go.
5. Simmer on low heat for around 45 minutes; check and stir occasionally. Taste and adjust seasonings especially the sweet: spice balance.
6. Serve hot with sliced jalapenos and grated cheddar.

Note: If you prefer a thinner chili, add stock or if you prefer the tomatoey flavour, then add an extra can of crushed tomatoes.

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A big thanks to ‘Two Red Bowls’ for sharing this wonderful recipe.

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12 thoughts on “Dark Chocolate Beef Chili

  1. jayne July 10, 2016 at 12:15 am Reply

    I have never put chocolate and beef together before but I have heard it is amazing… think I will need to give it a go! great recipe

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    • vanyadhanya July 10, 2016 at 7:48 am Reply

      Thanks Jayne….chocolate goes well in savoury, it adds a lot of depth and richness to the dish instead of sweetness. Do give it a try and hope you enjoy it.

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  2. Vicki @ Boiled Eggs & Soldiers July 8, 2016 at 6:00 am Reply

    This sounds great I’m going to try it next time with have tacos. Thanks for sharing it with YWF too.

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    • vanyadhanya July 8, 2016 at 8:44 am Reply

      Would love to hear your feedback Vicki. Enjoy your weekend.

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  3. Louise from Delishogram June 22, 2015 at 1:45 pm Reply

    This looks so warming! And it is very very cold here tonight, so I am definitely craving warmth and comfort food. Yum!

    I have recently started a food sharing site for bloggers, I would love to have you submit your photos. Please think about popping over to contribute. Thanks 🙂

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    • vanyadhanya June 23, 2015 at 12:11 am Reply

      thanks much Louise; will definitely take a look at your space.

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  4. sarahjmir June 18, 2015 at 1:56 am Reply

    gorgeous picture!

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  5. Nova Morgan June 12, 2015 at 2:06 pm Reply

    you’ve done it again!

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    • vanyadhanya June 12, 2015 at 10:54 pm Reply

      Nova, thanks a ton babe. You have no idea how encouraging you have been with every single compliment you have sent my way.

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  6. Richa June 12, 2015 at 1:33 pm Reply

    Wow this is such a creative take on Chili Dhanya 🙂 Can’t wait to try it, the next time we get some beef!

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    • vanyadhanya June 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm Reply

      I really enjoyed it Richa and I am sure you would too…..go for it.

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