Chili with chocolate and cinnamon? Who would have thought?

7 months ago

texas chocolate cinnamon chili

Let’s face it: chili can get pretty generic once you’ve explored its variations. But it’s time to put some chill in your chili! With the bittersweet combination of cinnamon and chocolate, you can give your chili a new variant that won’t overpower the classic taste that you love.


Makes 6-8 servings

¼ cup Vegetable oil
½ cup Yellow onions
¼ cup Chopped garlic
1 kilo Ground beef
2 Tbsps Chili powder
1 ½ Tbsps Cumin
2 tsps Cinnamon
2 tsps Oregano
¼ tsp Nutmeg
2 pcs Bay leaf
½ oz Unsweetened chocolate
2 Tbsps Brown sugar
1 (400g) Canned tomatoes
2 Tbsps Tomato paste
2 Tbsps Cider vinegar
2 (400g) cans Red kidney beans, drained
4 cups Beef stock
Salt and pepper, to taste

Cheddar cheese
White onions, chopped
Sour cream
Corn bread or tortilla chips
Cilantro leaves

  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large sauce pot over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant.
  2. Add beef, cooking in batches, until browned. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients: chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, nutmeg, bay leaves, unsweetened chocolate (use more or less according to taste), brown sugar, canned tomatoes, tomato paste, cider vinegar, red kidney beans, and beef stock.
  4. Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until thick. Taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer to serving bowls and serve.


Recipe by Chef Trisha Ocampo


Take a look at these dishes that you can pair with your chili:

Pulled Pork Sandwich and Curry Coleslaw

Catalan Seafood Soup

Pork Shoulder Tacos

Peruvian Arroz Con Pollo

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