Sunday, June 20, 2010

Secret Ingredient Chili

A friend in New Albany, Indiana introduced me to the secret ingredient for making great chili: chocolate!  You can use unsweetened cocoa or Hershey's bars.

This chili isn't too spicy.  If you like more kick then toss in some diced habanaro and/or tabasco sauce.


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1.5 lbs Ground beef
  • 15 oz tomato sauce
  • 30 oz diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2-3 squares Hershey's chocolate
  • 3 cans of beans (I used navy, pinto, and kidney)


  1. Brown onion, beef, and garlic in skillet.  Strain off fat.  Put in crock pot.
  2. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, spices, and chocolate.  Cook for 1.5 hours.
  3. Add in beans.  Cook for additional 20-25 minutes.

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