Secret Ingredient Chili Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Secret Ingredient Chili Recipe
  • READY IN 45 mins

Secret Ingredient Chili

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"Classic meat and bean chili with tomatoes and cocoa powder for the rich ‘secret' flavor."

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Original recipe makes 8 cups Change Servings
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  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins
  • READY IN

    45 mins

Directions

  1. Cook and stir ground beef and onion in large skillet over medium-high heat about 7 minutes, or until beef crumbles and is no longer pink; drain.
  2. Add beans, undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, water, chili powder, sugar, cocoa and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve chili topped with onions, sour cream, cheese, avocado and/or corn chips if desired.
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Feb 11, 2011

This is a great recipe. I added 1/2 green pepper and substituted 1 more can of tomato sauce for the water. I served it with sour cream, cheddar cheese and green onions. There were no leftovers!

 
Feb 07, 2011

Wow , tried this over the weekend but didn't have any unsweetened cocoa , still amazing topped with sour cream and sliced green onions . Added 1 tsp cumin , 1/4 tsp white and red pepper , diced green pepper & a tsp of minced garlic . Tasty !

 

8 Ratings

Sep 30, 2011

Delicious and easy to make. I used fresh chopped tomatoes and two bay leaves, in addition to the dark coco powder...the large jalepeno was added for subtle heat TIP: leave as one piece and do not open, this way the taste and not the heat is released from the pepper. Little ones may now enjoy this recipe too!

 
Dec 16, 2011

This chili had a good flavor but I had to add 2 more tablespoons of chili powder just to get a little kick to it. I was temped to add more chili powder but I knew my mother in law wouldn't eat it because it would be way to spicy. Otherwise it was quick and easy.

 
Sep 05, 2011

As written, this chili is way too sour/tomatoey tasting. I was so disappointed. But then I got online and someone suggested adding more cocoa powder. It took 2 Tablespoons more before the acidity was gone. Once gone, it's really good!! I served with cheddar, sourcream and tortilla chips.

 

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Nutrition

  • Calories
  • 365 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 31.8 g
  • 10%
  • Cholesterol
  • 55 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 17.4 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 10.8 g
  • 43%
  • Protein
  • 22.8 g
  • 46%
  • Sodium
  • 1121 mg
  • 45%

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

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