chocolate chili con carne

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By Johanne Foster
from Newark, NJ

When my family sees me pull out the "chili pot" for this dish early in the morning, they know they're in for a flavorful treat, and I know I'm going to have happy campers when they all come home at the end of the day! FYI, the leftovers make a delicious Sloppy Joe sandwich, too!

★★★★★ 1 Review
serves 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 4 Hr

Ingredients For chocolate chili con carne

  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 lb
    lean ground beef
  • 4 Tbsp
    dark brown sugar, divided
  • 1
    onion, roughly chopped
  • 2
    celery stalks
  • 1
    green pepper
  • 1
    red bell pepper
  • 6 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 12 oz
    stout beer
  • 1 can
    diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 c
    tomato paste, no salt added
  • 1 c
    tomato sauce
  • 1 c
    beef stock
  • 15 oz
    can light kidney beans
  • 15 oz
    can dark kidney beans
  • 2
    bay leaves
  • 1 Tbsp
    worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    cumin
  • 1 tsp
    coriander
  • 1 tsp
    salt
  • 4 oz
    semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 1
    scotch bonnet peppers
  • 1
    habanero pepper, fresh

How To Make chocolate chili con carne

  • 1
    In a large stock pot, saute 2 tbsp of brown sugar, onions, celery, garlic, and green and red peppers in olive oil until onions are translucent. Do not allow garlic to burn. 
  • 2
    Add ground beef until it has browned thoroughly. Strain off excess fat before proceeding to next step.
  • 3
    Add the Guinness and let boil for 1 minute.
  • 4
    Add the diced tomatoes, tomato paste and the beef stock and stir thoroughly.
  • 5
    Add all remaining ingredients and stir to mix well.  Bring the chili to (what I like to call) an energetic simmer, then reduce the heat to low. 
  • 6
    Covered and continue to simmer on low for MINIMUM of 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. The longer the chili simmers the more the flavors get a chance to marry, 4 to 6 hours is best.
  • 7
    Remove the bay leaves and serve.  Garnish or serve with any of the following: cornbread muffin, sour cream, diced red onions, green pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, fresh chopped cilantro. 

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