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Heartwarming Chili Recipe

Heartwarming Chili Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 362 calories, 12g fat (5g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 11g fiber), 31g protein.

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I_Fortuna User ID: 8342880 262074
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2017

"In Texas, we don't put beans in our chili : )"

fruitsofthespirit9 User ID: 4536772 74422
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2013

"Made just like the recipe stated! Wonderful it!"

Gary Harrison User ID: 5622719 79439
Reviewed May. 10, 2011

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

SuzBrinkman User ID: 4499086 25282
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2010 Edited Mar. 6, 2017

"I love this recipe"

jessie.sharon User ID: 2124190 80337
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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