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Dark Chocolate Beef Chilli

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Tex Mex


  • 1 ½ kg beef mince
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 medium tomatoes; finely chopped
  • 1 can black beans optional or use any variety you prefer
  • 2 medium celery stalks finely chopped
  • 1 medium carrot finely chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper finely chopped
  • 3 red jalapenos; finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp red chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 2 tsp red chilli flakes
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ cup melted dark chocolate
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • Salt to season
  • Black pepper to season
  • 1 red jalapeno; sliced for garnish
  • Cheddar grated for garnish


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


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