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


  • 6 stick
    celery (chopped small)
  • 2 large
    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(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

  • 2
    tubes pork chorizo
  • 1 large
    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(s)
    each: garbonzo beans, black beans, chili beans, kidney beans
  • 1 can(s)
    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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About Chorizo Cocoa Chili

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

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