Kevin’s Famous Chocolate Chili

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Kevin Famous Chocolate Chili

I have another one of Kevin’s tasty recipes in store for you today! Kevin first made this around Christmastime last year and it was so good that I have requested it at random times ever since. The problem is that Kevin is such a natural in the kitchen that he often throws ingredients together without remembering exactly what went into it so he would always give the excuse that he couldn’t remember the original recipe. Even with his protests, it was just as tasty each time he prepared it. I finally pinned him down this time (not literally) and got the recipe.

As the name suggests, the secret ingredient here is chocolate. Cocoa powder to be exact. It does not give the chili a chocolate-y flavor…more of a deep, rich taste. Add to that a little heat from some jalapeno peppers (we were a little heavy handed here, feel free to use less if spice isn’t your thing) and traditional chili ingredients, and you have yourself one tasty winter meal!

P.S. – Don’t tell anyone, but I have eaten the leftover chili and topped it with a fried egg for breakfast the next morning. It was delicious!

Kevin’s Famous Chocolate Chili



  • 2 lbs beef stew meat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 jalapenos, diced (use less if you like a little less spice)
  • 2 cans diced, fire-roasted tomatoes, drained
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup stout beer (optional, but incredible)
  • 2 cups chicken broth (can sub beef or vegetable broth)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Set your slow cooker to the low setting.
  2. Add all ingredients to slow cooker and stir well.
  3. Cook on low for 8-9 hours, until meat is cooked through.
  4. Shred meat with a fork before serving
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