September 28th, 2012

Chipotle and Chocolate Chili

I have had a week full of cool rainy days.  And nothing is better on a cold and gloomy day than comfort food.  Chili has always been one of those foods that tastes even better when it is cold outside.  Everyone has their favorite chili recipe.  But if you are looking for a delicious new way to serve up some comfort, look no further.  There is depth and richness to this chili.  Smoky chipotle chilis and earthy unsweetened chocolate gives this chili and whole new taste.

Chipotle and Chocolate Chili


Cooking spray
1 onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 1/4 pounds ground turkey breast or ground beef   
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 (15-ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained 
1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth 
2 chipotle chiles, canned in adobo sauce, minced
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped
sour cream, optional
Chopped green onions, optional


Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and turkey or beef to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until meat is browned and vegetables are tender. Add sugar and next 9 ingredients (through chipotle) to pan, stirring to blend; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add chocolate, stirring to melt. Serve with sour cream and green onions.

*Recipe slightly adapted from Cookin Light Magazine December 2007.

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One Response to “Chipotle and Chocolate Chili”

  1. Ohhh this sounds delicious! I’ve heard that cocoa powder can add really great flavor to beef dishes, and this sounds really wonderful! I’ll have to try it sometime! Thanks for sharing!


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