Smoky Chipotle Chili with Chocolate

"This chili is inspired by the flavors of Mexico, where chocolate is often used to add richness and depth to savory dishes. The chipotle peppers give this chili a smoky and spicy kick, while the chocolate balances the heat and enhances the beefy flavor. This chili is perfect for a cozy winter night, and it goes well with a full-bodied red wine like Black Box Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot. You can top it with sour cream, cheese, cilantro, or any other toppings you like. Enjoy!"

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

Paired With

Main Protein



Olive oil 2 tablespoons, 1, 4 cloves, 2 pounds, 2 tablespoons, 2 teaspoons, 2 teaspoons, 1 teaspoon, 1/4 teaspoon, 2 cans (14.5 ounces), 1 can (15 ounces), 1 can (7 ounces), 2 cans (15 ounces), 2 ounces, To taste
Onion (large, chopped)
Garlic (minced)
Lean ground beef
Chili powder
Black pepper
Diced tomatoes (with juice)
Tomato sauce
Chipotle peppers (in adobo sauce, chopped)
Black beans (drained and rinsed)
Dark chocolate (chopped)
Optional toppings: Sour cream, shredded cheese, chopped cilantro, etc.


In a large pot over medium-high heat, heat the oil and cook the onion and garlic, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes.
Add the ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 15 minutes. Drain the excess fat if needed.
Stir in the chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt, and pepper, and cook for 1 minute.
Add the diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chipotle peppers, and black beans, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 20 minutes.
Stir in the chocolate and cook until melted, about 5 minutes.
Serve hot, with your desired toppings and a glass of Black Box wine. Enjoy!