My boyfriend is a huge Clippers fan, Chris Paul is his favorite player, and although they didn’t make the cut for the NBA Finals he still has love for the game. He wanted to have some friends over last week to watch the game and I decided to make my crockpot chili. Now, I usually make my chili with the ingredients by the box. You know, Wick Fowlers Texas Style or Carroll Shelby’s Chili Kit. This time I wanted to take a new approach. Since I am a self-taught home cook why not take a risk and make my own seasoned mix. The secret ingredient to this chili is…..cocoa powder. YUM. 😛
- 2 lbs. ground beef (you may substitute with ground turkey)
- Olive Oil
- 1 Yellow Onion
- Fresh Garlic – 3 cloves
- 2 Cans Tomatoes with Green Chilies
- 3 Cans Tomato Sauce
- Chili Powder 2 tbsp
- Ground Cumin 2 1/2 tsp
- Paprika 2 tsp
- Coriander 1/2 tsp
- Cocoa Powder (be sure it is for baking) 2 tsp
- Sugar 1 tsp
- Beef Broth 1/2 cup
- Black Beans 1/2 can
- Red Beans 1/2 can
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- Serve with corn muffins, corn bread, or Fritos scoops.
- Sautee diced onion and 3 cloves of garlic with one tablespoon of olive oil in skillet on medium heat. Place in your favorite crock pot.
- Brown ground beef in skillet and drain any fat. You can leave some fat in the beef so it’s not too dry. Add to crock pot once brown.
- Time to add all the remaining ingredients. Tomatoes and green chilies, tomato sauce, chili powder, cumin, coriander, sugar, paprika, cocoa powder, beef broth, and beans. Be sure to rinse and drain the beans. Stir mixture.
- Cover lid and cook on low for 6-7 hours.
**If the chili looks soupy add a few tablespoons of cornmeal to make it thicker.