Crockpot Chili with Cocoa

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Did you know that the first recipe that I posted was a slowcooker chili recipe? That post was really sad. I had no pictures, and very little introduction to the recipe.. I guess I've learned a lot in the last least, I hope so.

Crockpot Chili with Cocoa

I still make that recipe, but I've tweaked it a little. In honor of my bloggiversary, I thought I'd revisit this recipe....since just about every time I make it, it's different. You see, I love to cook, but I don't settle very well on just one good recipe...I'm always experimenting. And there's always the grocery budget  I don't know if you've noticed, meat is super expensive. So I've reduced the meat in this recipe by half, and honestly, I didn't notice a difference. And I've experimented a little by adding some chocolate flavor to mix for depth of flavor via some cocoa powder.

Crockpot Chili with Cocoa (makes (2) 8-serving meals of chili)


1 lb. ground beef, browned and drained
2 16-oz. cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 16-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained
4 14 1/2 oz. cans diced tomatoes 
1 can of mild Rotel
2 medium onions, chopped
1 chopped green bell pepper
1 tsp. garlic powder
3 Tbsp. chili powder
2 tsp. cumin
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt 
1 Tbsp cocoa powder
4 medium carrots, pureed
1-2 hot dried peppers (optional)

Crockpot Chili with Cocoa Ingredients


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. 

Mixing up chili

Mix well, and separate into 2 1-gallon freezer bags. Freeze until the day before you want to cook the recipe. When ready to serve, thaw overnight in refrigerator. Pour chili into crockpot, and cook on low 8 -10 hours. Serve with your favorite fixings: cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips...whatever your preference!

Crockpot Chili with Cocoa Closeup

How do you make chili? Or is it a super secret recipe?

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  1. I can't wait to try this! Chili is one of my all-time favorite foods! Thanks for linking this great recipe at

  2. I have never tried cocoa in chili, but i heard it is wonderful! I am going to definitely try this:) Thanks for sharing!

  3. Yum! This looks great! Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects.

  4. I've never added cocoa to chili - have to try this!!

  5. Your chili recipe looks delicious! I bet the cocoa really rounds out the flavor, and I love cooking chili in the crock pot. It's definitely the tastiest way to make it!!

  6. I love a good bowl of chili - this looks fantastic! I've never thought about reducing the amount of beef, but I bet no one would even notice!

  7. I love adding cocoa powder to make chili! It really adds such a nice flavor. I never really use a recipe, but tend to make ours on the soupy side. Cheese, sour cream, and cornbread must go with it, too! I've found fresh cilantro to be an interested touch, too.

  8. I recently made chili with cocoa powder and we loved it! It love that flavor! I hope you stop by Gluten Free Fridays this week to link up this yummy recipe! It will be live Thursday evening at 7:05 pm! We are having a Gluten Free giveaway this week to one lucky person! Hope to see you there! Cindy :)

  9. I like the idea of adding cocoa. I tend to fly by the seat of my pants when throwing chili together but will be trying this next time around!

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