Chorizo Cocoa Chili

Colleen Sowa


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 votes

15 - 20 depending on size of bowl
15 Min
1 Hr 30 Min
Stove Top


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6 stick
celery (chopped small)
2 large
onions (chopped)
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(s)
(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 large
lime (zest and juice)
1 c
cilantro, fresh (including stems) minced fine


tubes pork chorizo
1 large
onion (minced small)
bell pepper (minced small)
1 1/2
sleeves of crackers (crumbed)


tortilla chips (put on bottom of bowl when serving)
1 can(s)
each: garbonzo beans, black beans, chili beans, kidney beans
1 can(s)
whole kernel corn (drained)

How to Make Chorizo Cocoa Chili


  • 1Bring 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.
  • 2While 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.
  • 3Sometimes 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!
  • 4Optional: Put tortilla or nacho chips in the bottom of each bowl and ladle the soup on top.

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About Chorizo Cocoa Chili

Course/Dish: Pork, Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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