Gram's Depression Cocoa Chili

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Lisa G. Sweet Pantry Gal

By
@2sweetinc

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. :/

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Prep:
20 Min
Cook:
1 Hr
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

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

How to Make Gram's Depression Cocoa Chili

Step-by-Step

  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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About Gram's Depression Cocoa Chili

Course/Dish: Chili
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: Mexican




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