Heartwarming Chili Recipe
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Heartwarming Chili Recipe

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A touch of baking cocoa gives this chili a rich flavor without adding sweetness. When I was growing up in the North, we served chili over rice. But after I married a Texan, I began serving it with chopped onions, shredded cheese and, of course, corn bread! —Audrey Byrne, Lillian, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + simmering
MAKES:4 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + simmering
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 medium green pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 362 calories, 12 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 56 mg cholesterol, 712 mg sodium, 35 g carbohydrate, 11 g fiber, 31 g protein.


  1. In a large saucepan, cook beef and onion over medium heat until the meat is no longer pink; drain. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3 hours, stirring occasionally. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Heartwarming Chili in Taste of Home Ground Beef Cookbook 1999, p148

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Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Made just like the recipe stated! Wonderful chili.......love it!"

Reviewed May. 10, 2011

"This was absolutely awesome, everyone loved it. Top it with sharp cheddar and sour cream and you are done."

Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010

"I love this recipe however, the nutrition facts are very off!!! According to the ingredients packaging nutritional values, there are 491 calories, 75 mg cholesterol, over 1900 mg sodium and 60 g carbs. That's quite a difference if you ask me."

Reviewed Sep. 16, 2010

"This is my go-to chili recipe - I LOVE it! I make a double batch in the slow cooker with lean ground turkey and freeze individual servings for later. Healthy and delish! :)"

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