Ingredients

How to make it

  • Cook and stir ground meat an onions in a 5 quart pot over medium heat until beef crumbles and is no longer pink (about 7 minutes).
  • Drain grease and return meat to the pan.
  • To the pot add the beans, tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, sugar, cocoa and salt.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low.
  • Cover pot and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve with desired optional toppings.
  • Note:
  • Let simmer longer if you want it to be thicker. I let mine simmer for about an hour. (Also don’t forget to keep stirring)
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    " It was excellent "
    hunnee ate it and said...
    good comfort food, love the ingredients, thanks Donman 5555
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    " It was excellent "
    chefelaine ate it and said...
    Gets my FIVE, Donman. I honestly cannot see it deserves less than a five, for sure.
    Elaine
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  • sandygalesmith 5 years ago
    Cocoa Powder?Hmmmm.... I never heard of that before.
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    " It was excellent "
    chefperiwinkle ate it and said...
    This is an excellent recipe, and worthy of a five fork rating, Sir.
    I see you were rated 13 times, yet my rating shows twelve.
    Someone has under-cut you.
    I hope this stops.
    Chef P
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    " It was excellent "
    momo_55grandma ate it and said...
    wow who would ever think to put chic, in chili quite an adventure I would say high5 post thanks
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    " It was excellent "
    fizzle3nat ate it and said...
    Neat idea for the cocoa powder - I've had cinnamon in chili before, but not cocoa. Sounds delicious! - Natalie
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  • goesslingm 5 years ago
    Hey, Donman: I did try this recipie and my fam loves it -- a drag I also found out that I am now allergic to beans, so I just omit them. Thanks! Mary :0)
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    " It was excellent "
    momoften ate it and said...
    I am making chili today - todays morning temperature was -6*F, with a 20* windchill. I make my chili in a similar fashion - with the addition of garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, celery seed and cumin. I also use stewed tomatoes - I can be lazy and not chop onion or peppers. In place of water I use boxed beef broth. I just tasted the chili with the new addition of the chili powder and that makes a wonderful flavor! Thanks much for the secret ingredient. (I always wondered why my chili never looked as deep and rich in color as some I have seen - now it does!)
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  • sunpuppy 6 years ago
    I put a pinch of cinnamon on my chili and it gives it a good taste but I've never tried the cocoa powder in it but I will now ;)
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    " It was excellent "
    dragonwings647 ate it and said...
    Great recipe. I have put chocolate bar in chilli before but never thought to put cocoa powder. Thanks for the post. It is a keeper.
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    " It was excellent "
    lunasea ate it and said...
    Great post, Donnie. I love the cocoa powder add. A touch of chocolate in chili is a perfect match. I'm saving to try - I'm always looking for tasty chili recipes. High 5 - and thanks! :)
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    " It was excellent "
    quepidoll ate it and said...
    Thanks...This is a keeper....
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  • faithwalker 6 years ago
    This recipe looks good ! I'm definitely trying the cocoa. Yummy !
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  • mrtnzangel8 6 years ago
    Gotta try this one. I've seen people add chocolate to their chili on food network and every time I mention doing that the family wrinkles their noses. So with the cocoa powder will definitely keep it 'secret'. ;-P
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  • saucylady 6 years ago
    Mmm and this is a great day for chili! Thanks for sharing.
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    " It was excellent "
    mjcmcook ate it and said...
    ~Hello~
    Your "5"FORK!!!!! 'Secret Ingredient Chile'
    is Not a secret, anymore ~ thank goodness !
    My Grandsons are going to Love this recipe
    for one of their Favorite dishes~ (^_^) ~
    ~*~mj~*~
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    " It was excellent "
    momoften ate it and said...
    Very interesting addition - cocoa. I had to find out what the secret was.
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    The cocoa powder makes it almost mole-like, doesn't it, don? Fabo and five-o! Thanks,
    Lorraine
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  • 22566 6 years ago
    A very nice recipe,I like the cocoa in Cassoulet dishes as will,the addition of avocado,green onions for the toppings sounds very good.

    Thank-you

    Kind Regards
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Looks mouthwatering, and the cocoa powder sounds very interesting in chili! I gotta try this one!
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