Cocoa Chipotle Chili

Chili is the perfect weekend food. I have spent the past two Sundays leisurely working on big batches of chili and toppings, enjoying my new kitchen, having little dance parties, and making the most of the cold weather.

I love chili because you can add anything and everything and come up with a different recipe each time. I’m sure I have shared that sentiment a million times before, but in a busy world, it is definitely a welcome little trick.

This chili isn’t too complicated, and like most of its kind is fine with substitutions.


2 cans fire roasted tomatoes (depends on how liquid-y you want your chili)

1 can black beans

1 can Cuban style or BBQ beans

1 pound grass fed ground beef

2 cups sweet corn

3 tablespoons chipotle in adobo, finely pureed

2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

1 large white onion, diced

splash of chocolate stout

spices to taste: garlic powder, crushed red pepper, chili powder, hot paprika

fire roasted tomatoes

chili ingredients

unsweetened cacao


diced onionI started the chili by cooking down the chopped onion in some olive oil, then adding in the ground beef until browned. As it browned, I added the cocoa powder and shakes of garlic powder, crushed red pepper, and hot paprika. Once the beef was browned, I added the tomatoes, beans, and corn, then stirred in the chipotle. Finally, I added the beer and brought it all up to a simmer, going about my day as the wonderful smells filled the air. I let the chili cook for a couple of hours, then shut the heat off. When we were ready to eat I brought it up to a boil again and made sure it was cooked and hot through.

taza chocolate stoutWe topped the chili with sliced avocado, pickled jalapeno, shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro, with a side of chocolate stout. It was the perfect Sunday supper and made for days of lunch leftovers for my husband. There’s a good chance I will be kicking off another week with this chili. It’s just that good!

cocoa chipotle chili

What are you having for Sunday supper this week?

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Tags: beer, chili, comfort food, cooking, cooking at home, Food, meals, recipe, Sunday dinner

  1. Megan’s avatar

    Chili sounds like such a great idea for a Sunday supper. We might have to make some this weekend.


  2. Michelle Lahey’s avatar

    We have been making chili a lot on Sundays lately. There’s nothing better than throwing all of the ingredients into a crockpot and smelling it cook all day long! I love how you added chocolate stout to yours, too.


  3. Rosa @HHR’s avatar

    Chili is indeed a perfect food. I unfortunately am terrible at making it, though, haha. I’m intrigued by the idea of chili with chocolate–I’ll probably try again soon.


  4. Daisy’s avatar

    looks like a great batch of chili! hope you are staying warm in yet another storm!!


  5. Raija’s avatar

    Thank goodness for this recipe reminder on twitter today. What I messed up was forgetting to toast the cocoa with the other spices and had to add with the beans and tomato. Substituted sweet potatoes for meat and hope that works too. And sadly Night Shift Taza is no longer brewed, so tried Samuel Smith’s Chocolate Stout. Thanks for all your help figuring this out! You are so good at creating task and manageable recipes!


  6. Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}’s avatar

    Great minds think alike! I made a batch of my chili for not watching the Super Bowl too :)


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