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chorizo cocoa chili

(2 ratings)
Recipe by
Colleen Sowa
La Crosse, WI

This is very good as is, with or without beans, with chicken or pork or beef... it is a great way to use up some leftovers too... We make it thick or thin and enjoy it always... but if you don't like chorizo, then don't make it with chorizo... I don't care for beef chorizo but love the pork. Tonight.. we had it nacho style on a plate... with cheese on top!

(2 ratings)
yield 15 - 20 depending on size of bowl
prep time 15 Min
cook time 1 Hr 30 Min
method Stove Top

Ingredients For chorizo cocoa chili

  • 6 stick
    celery (chopped small)
  • 2 lg
    onions (chopped)
  • 1
    each: green and red bell peppers (minced)
  • 1 qt
    water or broth
  • 4 pt
    frozen, home canned (or 4 store bought cans of tomatoes)
  • 1 can
    (12 - ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 c
    fresh cilantro (including stems) (minced)
  • 6 Tbsp
    cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp
    each: chili powder, ground cumin,
  • 1 tsp
    each: garlic powder, ground red pepper, black pepper
  • 6 clove
    fresh garlic (minced fine)
  • 1 lg
    lime (zest and juice)
  • 1 c
    cilantro, fresh (including stems) minced fine
  • 2
    tubes pork chorizo
  • 1 lg
    onion (minced small)
  • 1
    bell pepper (minced small)
  • 1 1/2
    sleeves of crackers (crumbed)
  • 3
  • tortilla chips (put on bottom of bowl when serving)
  • 1 can
    each: garbonzo beans, black beans, chili beans, kidney beans
  • 1 can
    whole kernel corn (drained)

How To Make chorizo cocoa chili

  • 1
    Bring quart of water to a boil in a very large pot. Add celery. Add onions and peppers. Add tomatoes (not the tomato paste). Cook for 10 minutes before adding remaining ingredients. Turn down the heat and simmer.
  • 2
    While soup is simmering, make your meatballs. Mix all ingredients together. Add about a tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet. Pinch off about a teaspoon (or bigger if you like) of the meat mixture and put it in the skillet. Cook on Medium - Medium High heat. The "meatballs" aren't going to be round like the usual meatball, they will even flatten out a bit after you start cooking them. Be sure not to cook too fast, as they will burn, turn heat down as needed. The meatballs caramelize a bit.
  • 3
    Sometimes I add the beans and corn and sometimes I don't. It is good either way. When you add the beans and corn, you get a richer chili (my favorite). My daughter prefers it without beans sometimes. Adding these ingredient bump up the volume of the soup too... more servings!
  • 4
    Optional: Put tortilla or nacho chips in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup on top.

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