Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (2024)

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (1)

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Rating: 5 stars


My absolute favorite chili recipe. The dark chocolate at the end really adds an extra dimension to the taste. We do use ground beef in place of the ground turkey. I make it several times a year and it is always hearty and just what we need on a cold day. The leftovers are even better than the day of. It is always too much for us to finish even with leftovers so I freeze half of it to warm up on the nights I don't feel like cooking. I have also made it a dip for super bowl parties. Add fritos scoops and its a crowd pleaser. I totally recommend this recipe.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (2)

Kim Yturri

Rating: 5 stars


I’ve used this recipe as my base in Texas Chili Cookoffs. I do not add unsweetened coca instead I add chopped dark chocolate at the end of the cooking process. I used fire roasted crushed tomatoes instead of diced, chicken stock instead of broth. My Chili powder blend originates from Chimayo NM. I’ve placed in the top 5 several times out of 15 up to 35 entires. This recipe is a winner.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (3)


Rating: 3 stars


This is a very good chili recipe, but not really sure why there is sugar added, unless it is to appeal to those with a

'sweet tooth'. The sugar itself is responsible for 5 carbs per serving, so if you are carbohydrate conscious, you probably want to rethink adding sugar to this.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (4)


Rating: 5 stars


All these varying reviews speak to the difference in people's taste buds. I have made this a couple of times, with the latest time being this week and I had leftovers tonight. With every bite, I almost couldn't believe how good it was!! I made it exactly according to the recipe, and the flavors are simply overwhelming! I LOVE it!!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (5)


Rating: 4 stars


Thought this was very good for a relatively low calorie recipe! Will make again. As done by others, I used 3 tablespoons of the unsweetened cocoa instead of using unsweetened chocolate, mainly because I didn't want to buy additional chocolate. At some point, I may try exactly as written. We didn't find it too spicy at all, but we live in New Mexico :-)

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (6)


Rating: 3 stars


Excellent, but you can really leave out the unsweetened chocolate - it's an extra expense and at least for me, didn't add much of anything, while for others it seemed to ruin the dish.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (7)


Rating: 2 stars


I wish I had read the reviews about adding more cocoa instead of the chocolate. I followed the recipe to the letter, and those 2 ounces of chocolate at the end ruined this for me. This tasted so chocolatey, not at all like any kind of chili. Will not make again.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (8)


Rating: 1 stars


This recipe is inedible.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (9)


Rating: 4 stars


Just made this but cut it in half as a sampler to start... I really like it so add an extra chipotle pepper ,also didn't have chocolate so added just coco.Will serve this to company and family this weekend

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (10)


Rating: 1 stars


Terrible. Thew it all out!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (11)


Rating: 4 stars


Delicious and different, and definitely a keeper. I only made a couple of minor changes: I used 1 can of no-salt-added pinto beans and 1 of no-salt-added black beans as that's what I had, and ended up with probably 2.5 chipotle chiles instead of 2. The flavor of the chocolate was rather predominate (but a nice variation on regular chilies); after a day or 2 the flavors melded and the chocolate flavor mellowed to become part of the overall flavor. Served with a green salad. A note to reviewer AnnafromEurope: The 2 oz. of chocolate is equivalent to 56 grams, not 560! That might resolve the problem you were having with the calorie information.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (12)


Rating: 4 stars


Hearty and fairly easy to throw together. I didn't have unsweetened chocolate so used about 2 ounces of a Hershey bar. Still good and no one complained. I also prefer using fire-roasted tomatoes.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (13)


Rating: 4 stars


Yummm, we all loved this. I was afraid it was going to be too spicy, but it was fine. Definitely has a kick to it, but not crazy hot. Looking foward to leftovers again tonight. Served with some shredded cheddar cheese as well.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (14)


Rating: 5 stars


Love Love Love this recipe. The complex flavors of the chili and chocolate remind me of a mole sauce. We add a bit of extra chili powder and chlpolte pepper. After I prep the meat and vegetables, I put the whole thing in the crock pot and let the flavors simmer 6 - 8 hours. I add the final chocolate about 30 min before serving and let some of the extra liquid evaporate off..

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (15)


Rating: 4 stars


Apologies to those who hate reviewers who alter the recipe, but I get good ideas by reading the suggestions. After reading the reviews, I halved the cocoa and chocolate, and ended up adding it back in! I wonder if they used sweetened? Which would be gross. I halved the chili powder (couldn't find ancho) and was happy with the result. I also added a flour slurry as another reviewer suggested. I removed most of the seeds from the chilies. I thought it was really good and can't wait for husband to try it. Can't wait to see how it evolves overnight too. I added 1/4 lb. ground venison, just so I could list it as an ingredient, and am entering it in the 'most creative' category in the cook-off tomorrow!! We'll see! Tied for second place!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (16)


Rating: 4 stars


This was good, but rather bland without modifications. I cut down on the chocolate, added some white vinegar, a small can of stewed and sliced tomatoes, and a healthy dash of cinnamon. Definitely better on day two - make it ahead and reheat.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (17)


Rating: 5 stars


My husband said this is the best chili I've ever made. He happens to love chipotle, though so I am guessing that makes a difference. If you don't like that flavor or are looking for a run-of-the mill flavored chili, don't make this recipe. One tip on making it not quite as spicy - remove the seeds from the chipotle pepper before adding to the chili.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (18)


Rating: 2 stars


The chocolate was far too overpowering for me. I like spicy and it was also too spicy (though it mellowed out a bit with the sour cream). I love the idea of putting chocolate and chili together, but going to try another recipe to see how it goes.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (19)


Rating: 2 stars


Overall this is good chili. I had to substitute a can of green chilis for bell pepper because it was the one ingredient I did not have on hand. I used 1 pound of dried pinto beans cooked and about 1.75 pounds of ground turkey. Other than these changes, I followed the recipe. My 2-star rating is because there is at least twice as much sugar in this as needed. We added 1 tablespoon of vinegar and then almost 1/4 cup of lime juice and about 1 teaspoon of salt and still couldn't eliminate the sugary taste to our satisfaction. Also, I think the chipotle chili overpowered the other flavors. I found the chocolate flavor pretty subtle and interesting so I will probably try this again but will start by reducing the sugar to less than 1 tablespoon and the chipotle by 1/2.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (20)


Rating: 3 stars


If you expect a " regular" chili, this won't do for you. But we like the favors in this. it's quicker & easier than traditional chilis and different.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (21)


Rating: 3 stars


The first time I made this I probably would have given it 5 stars. I did not have unsweetened chocolate in the house that time & so only used the cocoa powder. We all loved it. This time I made it properly. Too chocolate-y and I love chocolate! I am hoping if I add some tomato sauce or something today I can make the flavor a little less intense. It was unique as a one time trial, but definitely had the flavor of a mole sauce. A bit too rich to eat as is, unless you were serving it over rice or noodles or something. I will probably make it again, but it will definitely not be my go-to chili recipe for a family dinner.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (22)


Rating: 1 stars


Trust me on this recipe-- it is absolutely horrible. One other poster nailed it: bland except for the heat, which simply makes it blazing bad. The chili has NO taste that rings true of any chili I've ever tasted, (except for an overpowering chipotle smoke which is just a stupidly strong flavor with no subtlety) and that's everything from Texas State Fair Blue Ribbon winners to Cincinnati's best Chili, and everything in between. We made the full batch, ate 1/2 cup each, and promptly dumped a half gallon of a hot smoky mess down the drain. Find another recipe because this one is not worth a single star. I can't help but wonder about the taste buds (do they have any?) of all these people giving this 4 and 5 stars Read the postings of one and two stars, and Trust Them. Bad chili!! PS I cut both the chipotle chile peppers and the Ancho powder in half, still too hot/spicy to eat. And I like spicy!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (23)


Rating: 1 stars


I made this last night with expectations of serving it tonight (Halloween) to my family. Unfortunately, I'm going to end up throwing it away I'm sad to say. It is WAY too spicy and I even switched to chipotle chili powder from the ancho chili powder and cut it back by half as others suggested. It was still way too spicy. I thought I would love the chocolate flavor but it just didn't do it for me. So sad. I had really high expectations based on what others had posted.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (24)


Rating: 5 stars


Absolutely one of the best chili recipes I have ever tasted. I followed the recipe exactly, except for the ancho chili powder. I used half what the recipe called for, as many reviews stated it was fairly spicy. It was still spicy with half the chili powder, but not too spicy! The unsweetened chocolate added at the end takes this recipe over the top! I wish I had a chili cook off to enter this one!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (25)


Rating: 4 stars


very tasty the chocolate seem to give a good after taste i would make again

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (26)


Rating: 5 stars


Outstandung! I just made this for a get together with friends and what a hit !!!

Rating: 5 stars


This has become my go to recipe for chili. Just love the complex layers of flavour created by the smoky chipotle chili and the addition of the chocolate. We like it hot! So we love this chili. Especially great with a cool, dark, beer.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (28)


Rating: 4 stars


I really liked this - I followed the recipe exactly. I will say it was a tad spicy for my family so I might cut down on some of the spicy ingredients the next time.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (29)


Rating: 5 stars


I made this and it came out great. I actually didn't measure anything because I was making less than the recipe called for and all I had was ground beef but it was delicious.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (30)


Rating: 3 stars


This was good and spicy! Very deep dark smokey flavor. I ended up adding some tomato sauce b/c I like a more tart flavor that got over powered by the chocolate, but it is very good!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (31)


Rating: 3 stars


This was just okay. I don't know if I'll try it again, or not. But, if I do, I'll try using bittersweet chocolate, instead of the unsweetened. The flavor of the unsweetened chocolate came through too strongly.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (32)


Rating: 4 stars


Really loved the depth of the flavor with a little tweeking towards my taste. I like my chili a little more "tomatoey" so I added an extra can of tomatoes.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (33)


Rating: 5 stars


I made this for 3 separate occasions in one month, it was that popular with my friends and I've shared the recipe with several.It was devoured each time. The second time I served it with "sturdy", big tortilla chips, like a dip. My friend took the leftovers home and used it to make "coney dogs" with hotdogs. I used unsweetened chocolate (the kind used for making brownies) and that was just right.I also used some of the "sauce" in the chipotle can to add more smokiness. Definately a keeper!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (34)


Rating: 3 stars


Found the chocolate flavor to be over powering. Will try again but with less cocoa and chocolate.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (35)


Rating: 4 stars


This is my go to chili recipe. I love the flavor of turkey instead of beef, and the chipotle and chocolate add a depth of flavor that makes it unique. I skip the actual chocolate and up the cocoa powder, otherwise I follow the recipe as is.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (36)


Rating: 3 stars


I am just about to prepare this chili and have to say, that it is NOT POSSIBLE that this chili has got not even 300 calories [=270] per serving. This means that there must be a mistake in ingredient's list. Adding 2 oz which means 560 grams [more less 1 pound] would increase number of calories dramatically [70 grams chocolate per serving gives much more than 270 itself]. Consequently I will add only 1 chocolate bar of 100 g i.e. less than 1/2 oz [but will try meantime how it tastes], will try to find a chocolate of 90% of cocoa greetings

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (37)


Rating: 4 stars


Excellent recipe. A little spicy for me so I might cut back on chili powder. Added a chopped zucchini to up the veggie-ness. Lots of chili so leftovers in the fridge for next week. Served with corn muffins.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (38)


Rating: 5 stars


Wow! I've always wanted to try chocolate in a savory recipe...what a great first pick for our family. The only thing I left out was the bell pepper. This is now a family favorite recipe - even my 18 month old gobbled it down. Delicious.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (39)


Rating: 5 stars


Loved it. Easy too. My husband wanted to enter it in a contest ;) Will definitely make it again (even for company) - especially when it's cold out. It reheats well for leftovers. I served it with corn bread.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (40)


Rating: 2 stars


This is bland except for the heat. I decreased the ancho powder to 1 tablespoon and added only one chipotle. That was plenty of heat. I had to add 3 teaspoons of beef bouillon and a tiny bit of salt just to get some flavor other than heat. It was edible, but II will not make this again.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (41)


Rating: 5 stars


This was the best chili I've ever made! I'm not a huge fan of super spicy foods and this is pretty spicy, but its so delicious I didn't care! I did make some substitutions: I used 1 T of chipotle chili powder instead of ancho, just because I didn't have ancho in the house. I also forgot to buy pinto beans at the store so had to use 1 can of no salt added black beans and 1 can of fat free refried beans. The refried beans made it thicker and amazing! This is going to be my new go-to chili.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (42)


Rating: 5 stars


I just made this recipe is and it's great! It's Friday here in Philly and I'm making this for our Sunday afternoon football and chili gathering! I can't wait to dive into it!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (43)


Rating: 5 stars


This was fabulous. Easy to make and the chocolate came through just perfectly. I did thicken it at the end with 2 Tbs flour mixed with some cold water.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (44)


Rating: 4 stars


Great on a very chilly day! We used dark meat turkey (turkey thigh) instead of breast, and regular chile powder (not being able to find ancho). The dish has a lot of heat, especially if you don't seed the chipotle chiles, but it's a slow burn heat rather than a fiery hot heat. Another great chili recipe!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (45)


Rating: 3 stars


Made a day ahead. Followed directions except added a bit more broth & cooked slightly longer. Probably should have reduced the brown sugar to taste. Served without garnish.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (46)


Rating: 5 stars


We made a vegetarian version of this recipe without the turkey, we added 2 carrots, 2 celery sticks, 1 can each black and red kidney beans, and reduced pink pinto beans to 1, it was TO DIE FOR!

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (47)


Rating: 4 stars


Super yummy and perfect for the fall! This is the second time I've made it and the only change I made was reducing the amount of chocolate (as suggested by others). I will continue to make this as an easy weeknight dish that's delicious and filling.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (48)


Rating: 5 stars


Awesome! You cannot go wrong with chocolate and chili. This recipe is easy and fun to make. It's perfect for a cool evening and it makes great left overs.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (49)


Rating: 5 stars


Absolutely outstanding as described in the recipe. Hot, rich, complex, flavorful. I wouldn't change a thing--though I did use green bell peppers as I had them on hand. I think that this is an incredible recipe.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (50)


Rating: 3 stars


Ok, so I had relatively high expectations for this, even after reading the comments on here. For the recipe I seeded the chiles (as I'm sensitive to spice) and used only 1 oz. of unsweetened chocolate b/c of the reviews I read. It tasted alright. I think that even 1 oz was too overpowering. I could taste the heat from the chiles but not much else. Even the beans were flavorless after the addition. Use 1/2 oz. of unsweetened choc. or none at all. Hubby thought it tasted chalky (due to the bitterness of the choc) and we're both big chocolate lovers.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (51)


Rating: 5 stars


Such a great recipe, and it's even better over the next few days so I always pack it for lunch. I add in some extra adobo from the chipotle can for extra smokiness.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (52)


Rating: 4 stars


I followed other cooks; advice (thanks!) and added 3 tbsp of cocoa instead of the chocolate. I also kicked up the chipotle a bit, because my husband and I just love the stuff. I added some corn and went heavy on bell peppers (green). This is a fantastic chili. It fills the house with a wonderful warming smell and the taste is as satisfying as the smell. Goes well with a refreshing touch of lime.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (53)


Rating: 4 stars


This is a great simple chili recipe. I think I would add a little more heat by adding a couple more chipolte chilis, but I like hot chili. Great with a salad and crackers.

Chili with Chipotle and Chocolate Recipe (2024)


When should I add chocolate to my chili? ›

Stir the chopped chocolate in after the chili has simmered for 20-25 minutes (or at the end of cooking if you're making this in your slow cooker). It'll give your chili an extra layer of flavor that will taste even better the day after it's made.

What happens when you add cocoa powder to chili? ›

Cocoa powder adds a rich depth of flavor to chili. There isn't a prominent chocolate taste, just extra deliciousness from something that you can't quite pinpoint. Use unsweetened cocoa powder or cacao powder so it doesn't make the finished dish sweet.

Why do people add chocolate to chili? ›

So what does unsweetened chocolate do for a pot of chili? It adds richness, deeper flavor, and umami. In vegetarian or vegan recipes where there is no meat, unsweetened chocolate can be an especially important way to add that depth.

Is it normal to put chocolate in chili? ›

Both chili peppers and chocolate are native to Mexico and Central America — and they were often combined, as they are in Mexican mole sauce. Adding chocolate to chili lends depth and richness to the spicy dish, making it both more savory and more satisfying.

Is chocolate or cocoa powder better in chili? ›

Adding sweetened dark chocolate instead of cocoa powder works just as well, there's no much difference except the chocolate adds a bit of sweetness. The main benefit of using chocolate rather than cocoa powder is that you can try different varieties, however as it's just an undertone you aren't likely to notice.

What adds the most flavor to chili? ›

Try a little fenugreek, turmeric, garam masala, or sumac to layer in more complex flavors. Smoky paprika is my own personal favorite. Squash, pumpkin, or sweet potato: Traditionalists would scoff, but soft chunks of slightly sweet butternut squash or sweet potato are delicious in a smoky chili.

What is the most important spice in chili? ›

Most Common Chili Spices. Cumin, Chile Powders, and Paprika are the most common spices in chili followed by garlic, onion, coriander, Mexican oregano, and bay leaves. These ingredients can be combined to create a savory and well-balanced pot of top notch comfort food.

Why do you put brown sugar in chili? ›

The brown sugar gave it a sweet/tangy flavor that reminded me of BBQ-sauce! Th chili was so good - it was hard to stop eating it! I did had some extra veggies (1 cl. garlic, 1 celery stalk, 1 carrot, 1 bell pepper, 1 hot pepper) and used a can of diced tomatoes rather than tomato juice.

How much cocoa powder should I put in my chili? ›

I do add a little cocoa powder to chili, a teaspoon or two per pound of beef. I find this adds a mellow touch to the taste but is not identifiable as chocolate. Chocolate and chiles have a long relationship as in Mexican moles.

Why do you put cinnamon in chili? ›

I'm a firm believer that a pinch or two of cinnamon adds great depth of flavor to chili (looking at you Cincinnati Chili!), and I often pair my chili with a 'sweeter' bread like cornbread, challah bread, or Parker House Rolls.

Why do people put baking soda in chili? ›

According to the magazine's food experimenters, the baking soda treatment will definitely keep the meat tender and juicy when cooked.

What state puts chocolate in chili? ›

Cincinnati-Style Chili

While the stew also relied on cumin, beef, and some chile pepper, the brothers added ingredients that were more at home in a Mediterranean kitchen, like paprika and allspice, as well as the style's distinctive combo of cinnamon and chocolate.

What city puts chocolate in chili? ›

Somewhere along the line of Cincinnati chili's more than 100-year history, a rumor began to spread faster than hot sauce across an oyster cracker: There's chocolate in Cincinnati chili. The alleged ingredient is often a reason people turn their noses up to the Queen City delicacy.

What is chocolate chilli called? ›

The Chocolate Habanero pepper is a cultivar of the habanero chili, which has been selectively bred to produce spicier, heavier, and larger fruit, ultimately more potent than its derivative. Chocolate Habanero.

How do you add dark chocolate to chili? ›

Adding a small amount of unsweetened cocoa powder and dark chocolate help offset the acidity of the tomatoes and peppers and enhances the chili's overall flavor profile by giving it rich, earthy tones. This is also why some people think of chocolate as “the secret ingredient” in the best chili recipes.

Do you put milk before or after hot chocolate? ›

Warm about 150ml milk in a pan over a medium heat and stir in the chocolate. Continue to stir until the chocolate has melted into the milk, then whisk in the remaining milk and the cream. 2. Continue to heat until the mixture is hot, but not boiling, then add the cinnamon and a pinch of salt.

Do you put milk or hot chocolate in first? ›

On the other hand, adding chocolate to cold milk and then heating can give you a different texture and flavor. Experiment to find which method you prefer for your hot chocolate or cocoa. Generally, it's best to heat the milk first, then add the chocolate.

Should you stir chocolate when melting? ›

Stir gently and frequently while melting. Melt chocolate over low or medium-low heat or use a double boiler. Chocolate burns easily, so it's best to melt chocolate slowly.

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