Beef and Bean Chili


With rich ground beef, peppery cilantro, and spicy jalapenos, this incredible chili has all the basics covered. But what is that flavor singing in the background? Your guests will be surprised -- and delighted -- to learn that the secret ingredient is chocolate. When buying jalapeno chiles for this dish, choose those with vibrant, blemish-free skins. And remember: the smaller the pepper, the hotter the pepper.

Beef and Bean Chili
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 2 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 large onions, chopped (2 cups)

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 - 4 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoon chili powder

  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 2 cup water

  • 3 15-16 ounce can kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cup corn chips


  1. In a Dutch oven brown beef over medium heat; drain off fat. Add onions, garlic, and peppers to pan; cook about 5 minutes or until almost tender. Add the chili powder and cumin; cook for 1 minute, until fragrant. Add tomato sauce and water; bring to boiling. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.

  2. Mash one-third of the beans. Stir all beans into chili. Return to simmering; cook about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in the chopped cilantro, chocolate and salt until chocolate is melted. Serve topped with corn chips.


Because hot chile peppers, such as jalapeños, contain volatile oils that can burn skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands touch the peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

389 Calories
22g Fat
20g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 389
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 370mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 0.6mg 3%
Calcium 70.7mg 5%
Iron 4.5mg 25%
Potassium 954mg 20%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 48.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 2.5mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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