Black Bean Cocoa Beef Chili

"I like to include surprising ingredients in my recipes. For this beef chili entry that ingredient is dark chocolate chips. The hint of cocoa pairs perfectly with a glass or two of Black Box Pinot Noir. Enjoy!"

Prep Time

30 minutes

Cook Time

2 hours

Paired With

Main Protein



Olive oil 2 Tbsp, 2 tsp, 2, 1, 1, 1, 2 lbs, 1, 1 Tbsp, 1 Tbsp, 2 tsp, 28 oz can, 10 oz can, 15 oz can, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, garnish, garnish, garnish
Salted butter
Garlic clove, minced
White onion, minced
Green pepper, seeded and minced
Red pepper, seeded and minced
Beef cubes, finely diced
Fresh lime juice
Garlic powder
Ground cumin
Cayenne pepper
Crushed tomatoes
Diced tomatoes w/green chilis
Black beans, drained and rinsed
Panko bread crumbs
Dark chocolate chips
Sour cream
Chopped green onion
Corn chips


Add olive oil and butter in a Dutch oven over medium heat.  Add minced garlic, onion, green pepper, and red pepper.  Cook until vegetables start to soften, about 5 minutes.  Add the diced beef cubes, garlic powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper.  Stir occasionally until beef is browned, about 10 minutes.  Add the crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes w/chilis, black beans, and beef broth.  Bring to a boil and then cover and reduce heat to low.  Simmer covered for about 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.  Remove from heat and stir in panko bread crumbs and dark chocolate chips.  Cover and let rest for about 10 minutes.  Serve with a dollop of sour cream, chopped green onion and corn chips, if desired.