Discover an Innovative Take on Classic Chili
If you’re craving a warm and comforting dish with a unique twist, look no further than this easy and delicious chocolate chili recipe. Packed with cocoa powder and cinnamon, this hearty meal is perfect for chilly weather and a healthier option for your comfort food cravings.
A Chili Recipe with a Dash of Cocoa and Cinnamon
During the winter season, there’s nothing quite like a bowl of chili to warm you up from the inside out. This chocolate chili recipe, ready in just 30 minutes, includes a blend of spices and ingredients that may be unconventional but surprisingly create a harmonious flavor. The addition of cinnamon, dark chocolate, brown sugar, and Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces truly elevate this dish.
Naturally gluten-free and incredibly filling, this unique chili is a creative spin on a winter classic that you won’t want to miss. While it shares similarities with Cincinnati chili, it stands out with the smoky twist of fire-roasted tomatoes, green chilis, and smoked paprika. Adapted from the Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili recipe, it’s a spinoff that caters to those who appreciate bold flavors.
What’s in the Loaded Chocolate Chili?
Like any chili recipe, this one requires a few key ingredients that are easy to find. Prepare yourself for a delicious chili experience by gathering the following:
- Ground beef
- Black beans
- Kidney beans
- Fire-roasted tomatoes (or regular tomatoes)
- Tomato paste
- Fire-roasted green chiles (or regular green chiles)
- Chicken broth or water
- Chili powder
- Smoked paprika (or regular)
- Cocoa powder or dark chocolate
- Cinnamon sticks (and cinnamon)
- Bay leaves
- Fisher Walnut Halves & Pieces
- Apple cider vinegar
- Brown sugar
The Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces in this recipe add a delightful texture and crunch. Their presence creates small surprises of flavor that perfectly complement this healthier chili. Choose Fisher recipe nuts for a burst of flavor and texture without unnecessary preservatives or salt. Their high-quality walnuts, pecans, and almonds enhance any dish.
For more inspiration, try my other favorite recipes featuring Fisher Nuts, such as Mini Crumble Topping Pumpkin Bread, Sea Salt Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, and The Easiest Foolproof Fudge. These recipes are perfect for baking enthusiasts and make great gifts during the holiday season.
How to Make the Chocolate Chili
The beauty of this chili recipe lies in its simplicity. After browning the onion and beef, you’ll add all the remaining ingredients at once, making it foolproof and incredibly easy to prepare. Allow the mixture to boil for 5 to 10 minutes, and you’re ready to indulge!
In the recipe card below, I’ve provided instructions on adjusting the chocolate and cinnamon flavors to your liking. If you’re new to using cocoa powder or cinnamon in chili, start with smaller amounts and increase as desired.
A Few Notes About Using Cinnamon in Chili
Cinnamon adds a delightful depth of flavor that perfectly complements the overall taste profile. If you prefer a subtle hint of cinnamon, the four cinnamon sticks included in the recipe will suffice. However, if you’re a cinnamon enthusiast, you can enhance the flavor by adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.
Cinnamon pairs wonderfully with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and chocolate, resulting in a unique and delightful flavor.
Tips for Making Chili with Cocoa Powder
Whether you choose to use cocoa powder or dark chocolate, both will lend a subtle chocolate flavor to the chili. The chocolate acts as a supporting ingredient, enhancing the overall taste rather than overpowering it.
To balance the acidity from the tomatoes and tomato paste, I recommend adding a pinch of brown sugar. However, if you are sensitive to sweetness, feel free to adjust the amount or omit it entirely. The sugar helps reduce the overall acidity, resulting in a more balanced flavor.
More Easy Chili Recipes:
- Easy 30-Minute Smoky Beef and Black Bean Chili – No time to spare? This easy and hearty chili with a smoky kick is ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!
- Slow Cooker Beef Chili – Indulge in the rich flavors of this easy and comforting comfort food. Let the chili simmer in your slow cooker for maximum flavor. A foolproof recipe that will become a regular in your rotation.
- Easy 30-Minute Turkey Chili – Short on time? No problem! This easy, hearty, and healthy chili is ready in just 30 minutes, bursting with flavor. Perfect for those busy weeknights!
- Easy 30-Minute Homemade White Chicken Chili – Enjoy a hearty and healthy chili loaded with tender chicken and bold flavors. This fast and easy comfort food is a winter favorite!
- Easy 30-Minute Chicken Enchilada Chili – No time to waste? This easy, hearty, and healthier chili is packed with Mexican-inspired flavors and is ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect for busy weeknights!
- Easy 30-Minute Beef Taco Chili – Don’t have all day for your chili to simmer? No problem! This easy and hearty chili, bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors, is ready in just 30 minutes. If you’re a fan of tacos, this chili is a must-try!
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