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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Easy Chili: Secret Ingredient May Surprise You!

Yield: Big Family sized pot of chili

This is a simple recipe for chili thats packed with flavor. Vegetarian friendly. Simply omit the ground beef. Stove top, or crockpot. See what my secret ingredient is below.


  • 2-3 pounds ground beef
  • 1 - 6 pound can Dark red Kidney Beans NOT drained
  • 2 - 15 ounce cans whole peeled tomatoes NOT drained
  • 1 large yellow onion diced
  • 1 large green bell pepper diced
  • 2 cups frozen corn
  • 2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder (I like to use the Hershy Special Dark Cocoa Powder when I have it)
  • 1/4 cup chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon Louisana Spice Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes for a little heat (optional)
  • Cayenne Pepper to taste for extra heat (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a stock pot or large kettle, brown ground beef with onions and bell peppers.
  2. Do not drain browned ground beef.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients but be sure not to drain canned goods. You will need that liquid in your chili.
  4. Cook on medium low heat for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking on the bottom. 
  5. Use a crock pot on low if you want to start it in the morning and have it ready after work.
  6. Top each bowl with a bit of shredded cheese of your choice. I use sharp cheddar but grated parmesan is really really good too.
  7. Serve with homemade french bread or throw a few seasoned croutons on top to give you a crunch.


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