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gram's depression cocoa chili

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a recipe by
Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal
Buffalo, NY

My Mother made her chili with canned tomato soup. Thats how Her Mom made it. She had a lot of mouths to feed and herself growing up in the depression learned to cut corners. Now canned tomato soup we can always get fairly cheap. But I found it to be a great base for chili still today. So I changed up the recipe a bit and added cocoa. Im asked for my recipe quit often, and everybody is so shocked I use tomato soup. And to stretch, and change up meal, I serve over rice or egg noodles, the little ones love it that way. And P.S. I love all beans except kidney beans. :/

★★★★★ 1
prep time 20 Min
cook time 1 Hr
method Stove Top

Ingredients For gram's depression cocoa chili

  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1 lg
    chopped onion
  • 1 1/2 c
    chopped tri-color peppers chopped
  • 1
    hot pepper of choice chopped and seeded depending on heat
  • 3 can
    tomato soup
  • 1 can
    15oz chopped tomatoes w/onions and green peppers in juice
  • 3 Tbsp
    chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 tsp
    fennel seed
  • 1/2 tsp
  • red pepper flakes optional
  • 3 c
    navy beans (or beans of choice)
  • 1 can
    chili beans in sauce (15oz)
  • 1 c
    beer (used gingerale)

How To Make gram's depression cocoa chili

  • 1
    Brown ground beef, peppers and onions in large saucepan, along with chili powder and cumin. Drain excess fat.
  • 2
    Stir in tomato soup and tomatoes. Add S&P cinnamon, cocoa, fennel, & pepper flakes or other heat at this point. Bring to steady simmer for 30min. This is pretty much a sweeter chili. Feel free to add what ever heat You like! Depending on who Im feeding is how much heat I add. Add beans, and beer (optional) Turn to low and simmer another 30min. Can serve over rice or egg noodles.

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