Slow Cooker Chocolate Chili with Three Beans


Chocolate and honey are the secret ingredients in this slow cooker chili. Their sweetness balances the spices and adds a unique layer of flavor to this slow cooker meal.

Slow-Cooker Chocolate Chili with Three Beans
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Slow Cook Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 20 mins
10 cups


  • 1 pound lean ground beef

  • 2 14.5 ounce cans diced fire-roasted tomatoes, undrained

  • 1 15 ounce can black beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 15 ounce can pinto beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 15 ounce can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 14.5 ounce can beef broth

  • 1 ½ cup chopped yellow onions (3 medium)

  • 1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

  • 1 tablespoon chili powder

  • 1 canned chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped

  • 6 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander

  • 2 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • Sour cream (optional)

  • Chopped green onions (optional)

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional)


  1. In a large skillet cook ground beef over medium-high heat until brown, using a wooden spoon to break up meat as it cooks. Drain off fat.

  2. Transfer meat to a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Stir in tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, kidney beans, broth, yellow onions, tomato sauce, chili powder, chipotle pepper, garlic, cumin, cinnamon, and coriander.

  3. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 6 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 to 4 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in chocolate and honey. Cover and cook about 15 minutes more or until heated through. If desired, serve with sour cream and green onions and sprinkle lightly with cocoa powder.

For Easy Cleanup

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your dish is finished cooking, spoon the food out of your slow cooker and simply dispose of the liner. Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

298 Calories
9g Fat
37g Carbs
22g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 298
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 36mg 12%
Sodium 1076mg 47%
Total Carbohydrate 37g 13%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 22g
Vitamin C 21.8mg 109%
Calcium 111.1mg 9%
Iron 4.3mg 24%
Potassium 640mg 14%
Folate, total 24.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*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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