Ready, Set, Chili!!

"I've been making this crockpot chili for years. It's the perfect dish for game day! This recipe has earned the esteemed title of "best chili" ever by everyone that's tried it. It incorporates the great balance of diced tomatoes with green chilis and tomato sauce teamed with lots of spices including the secret kapow of cocoa powder."

Prep Time

20 minutes

Cook Time

6 hours

Paired With

Main Protein



Olive Oil 1 Tbsp, 2 lbs, 1, 3, 2 14.5 oz cans, 3 8 oz. cans, 1/2 cup, 2 Tbsp, 2 tsp, 2 tsp, 1 tsp, 1/2 tsp, To taste, 1 15 oz Can, 1 15 oz Can, For Serving
Lean Ground Beed
Large Yellow Onion, chopped
Garlic Cloves, finely minced
Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilies
Tomato Sauce
Beef Broth
Chili Powder
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Granulated Sugar
Salt and Ground Black Pepper
Dark Red Kidney Beans
Light Red Kidney Beans
Shredded Cheddar Cheese


1.  Heat olive oil over medium- high heat in a large non-stick skillet.

2.  Add onion and saute 3 minutes, add garlic and saute 30 seconds. Pour onions and garlic into a 6 or 7 quart slow cooker.

3.  Return skillet to heat, add beef, cook until beef has browned.

4.  Drain fat from beef, leaving 2 Tbsp fat in beef for added flavor. Pour cooked beef into slow cooker.

5.  Stir in diced tomatoes with chilies, tomato sauce, beef broth, chili powder, cumin, paprika, cocoa powder, sugar, coriander. Add salt and pepper to taste.

6. Cover with lid and cook on low for 5 to 6 hours.

7.  Rinse dark and light kidney beans and add to crockpot the last 20 minutes of crock pot cooking time. 

8.  Serve with desired toppings and enjoy!