5 Winning Recipes for Your Ward Chili Cook-Off

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Chipotle Chocolate Chili

Don't be scared of chocolate in a chili recipe! It adds richness and depth in a very short amount of cooking time. Like pretty much all great chili, this is even better the second day!


1–2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2–3 cloves garlic, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 pound lean ground turkey or beef

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 tablespoons chili powder

3 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder (not chocolate milk mix!)

2 (15-ounce) cans diced tomatoes

2 (14.5-ounce) cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 (15-ounce) can beef broth

Chipotle sauce (from a 7-ounce can of chipotle chilies)

3–4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate (1/2 unsweetened baking cube), chopped (optional; use to taste as needed; too much will make your chili bitter)

Chopped green onions, sour cream, or shredded sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish (optional)


1. Heat olive oil in large soup pot over medium heat. Sauté onion, garlic, bell pepper, and ground turkey or beef until meat is cooked through. Add salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, brown sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, tomatoes, beans, and beef broth. Add all of the chipotle sauce from a can of chipotle chilies. Heat to boiling and then reduce to a simmer (uncovered), stirring occasionally until thickened as desired (about 30-40 minutes).

2. If desired, add some chopped chipotle chilies. Stir in 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Add chopped chocolate a small amount at a time until desired richness is reached. If necessary, add more red wine vinegar to cut the sweetness of the chili.

3. When thickened and seasoned as desired serve with chopped onions or green onions, sour cream, andn shredded cheddar cheese.

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This recipe comes from Our Best Bites: 150 Family-Friendly Recipes.

Our Best Bites brings together more than 150 recipes for delicious, easy meals and snacks that are fun to make, include healthy, fresh ingredients, and are perfect for families. The authors share their tips and tricks (mixed with an abundant sense of humor), and step-by-step, full-color photographs for each recipe. Available at Deseret Book.

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