Bry's Chocolate Lamb Chili Recipe -
Bry's Chocolate Lamb Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Bry's Chocolate Lamb Chili

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"Chocolate and lamb in chili? Of Course!!! This is a wonderful chili recipe, concocted by my son Bryan. We use Icelandic lamb because it is really lean. Lean lamb is a must."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. In a large pot, cook onions and ground lamb in olive oil over medium heat.
  2. When onions are soft and meat browned, season with red pepper flakes, basil, cumin, cinnamon, garlic, chili powder, dried oregano, cocoa powder, sugar, and bay leaf, and salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 1 or 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and beans. Increase heat to bring soup to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 23, 2007

This is a FABULOUS spice mix! I've made this recipe a half dozen times, so finally made up a pint jar with the spices (multiplied the spices by 10, combined, and stored in labeled mason jar). I rewrote this recipe to be called "Any Meat, Lotsa Beans, Chocolate Chili" and have been handing it out with ziploc baggies of spices all over town, to rave reviews! I throw in whatever meat, beans, and veggies I please, and the chili comes out delicious every time. BEST THING ABOUT THIS RECIPE is that you can use left-over, cooked meat, canned beans, and just throw the spices in there and the whole thing is delicious IN ONLY 15 MINUTES! I also use whatever tomato product I have on hand, and must add some sort of corn, either fresh, frozen, or canned. Enjoy this recipe... You'll be making it often!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Oct 26, 2007

My husband loved this but there was something very weird about it. I didn't care for it at all. I would want a lot more tomatoes and less beans. Maybe it was the beans I used but there was a really bad bitterness that ruined it for me.


34 Ratings

Feb 13, 2008

The flavor of this dish isn't for everyone but I loved it. The addition of the cocoa powder added an extra layer of flavors to the dish that you don't find often in most chilis. I would definitely make this again. My only critique, and it is slight as this dish is pretty perfect as is, is that I found the proportion between meat and beans to be too heavy on the beans side. Next time, I would either increase the lamb by half a pound, or decrease the amount of beans by a cup. If you're using canned kidney beans, 4 cups is roughly 3 cans. Otherwise, delicious!

Jan 19, 2007

This was good and spicy! We actually raise our own lambs for eating so we have ground lamb availble in our freezer (sorry to those who couldn't find it, it's so good with it!). I actually added 3 cans of diced tomatoes one with green peppers and onions and 2 cans regular rotel. Next time I will omit the crushed peppers as it was a little spicey for my kids, but they still loved it and said that it was a 'good spicey'. Thanks for an awesome recipe!

Jun 10, 2006

We really liked this recipe and I will certainly make it again. The cinnamon and the cocoa powder add a very subtle and Mexican flavor to this simple and quick dish. I used two cans of kidney beans and drained the liquid out of the cans as I don't like the flavor or consistancy of the liquid. I did add a little water to the pot to replace the bean water. I also added some frozen corn at the end, but this can certainly be left out without.

Jul 12, 2005

Very tasty, and of course even better the next day.

Dec 10, 2010

This was a good chili with nice heat and the chocolate adds a richness to the dish.

Dec 09, 2010

We made this as written and really liked it. Worked well in the slow cooker!


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  • Calories
  • 366 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 33.8 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 51 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 16.4 g
  • 25%
  • Fiber
  • 10.9 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 1052 mg
  • 42%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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