Best Chocolate Chili

Best Chocolate Chili
Staff Writer

Anne Dolce

When I first proposed this recipe to my mother, she was more shocked about me choosing to use steak instead of ground beef than the mention of chocolate. She merely batted an eyelash at the latter. While unconventional and strange, both the steak and chocolate make this chili a rich and flavorful stew that convinced my mother that steak has a place in chili, too. Because it reminded us of a Latin-inspired beef stew, we served it over mashed potatoes.

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For the rub

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl.

For the chili

Dredge the meat in the rub well and set aside. Let sit for at least 15 minutes, up to a day.

In a large Dutch oven, heat ½ cup of the vegetable oil over high heat and brown the meat. Remove from the pot and set aside on a plate. Add 1 tablespoon of the vegetable oil to the Dutch oven and heat over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Next, add the peppers and cook for 2 more minutes.

Add the cocoa powder and all of the herbs and spices and stir well so that they're well combined and the onions and peppers are coated. Next, add the can of crushed tomatoes, beef stock, and water. Add the meat and all of its juices back to the pot. Stir and bring to a boil.

Once boiling, reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Cook until the flavors have developed and the meat is tender, about 1 hour. Stir in the beans last and heat through. Skim off the fat before serving.


Calories per serving:

1,030 calories

Dietary restrictions:

High Fiber, Low Carb

Daily value:



  • Fat 87g 134%
  • Carbs 23g 8%
  • Saturated 13g 63%
  • Fiber 8g 32%
  • Trans 1g
  • Sugars 6g
  • Monounsaturated 57g
  • Polyunsaturated 13g
  • Protein 44g 88%
  • Cholesterol 132mg 44%
  • Sodium 544mg 23%
  • Calcium 110mg 11%
  • Magnesium 97mg 24%
  • Potassium 1,327mg 38%
  • Iron 8mg 42%
  • Zinc 9mg 59%
  • Phosphorus 487mg 70%
  • Vitamin A 132µg 15%
  • Vitamin C 43mg 72%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 23%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 30%
  • Niacin (B3) 11mg 53%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 66%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 65µg 16%
  • Vitamin B12 5µg 77%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 18mg 90%
  • Vitamin K 17µg 21%
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