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Autumn Chili

A touch of baking cocoa gives my 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, homemade corn bread!—Audrey Bryne, Lillian, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 20 min. + simmering
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups cooked and crumbled ground beef
  • 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


  • In a large saucepan coated with cooking spray, saute onion until tender. Add the remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 2 hours, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 540 calories, 16g fat (6g saturated fat), 86mg cholesterol, 1026mg sodium, 58g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 18g fiber), 43g protein.

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