Three Bean Chili

I know there’s a big disagreement over whether chili should have beans in it, but to me it’s all about the beans, and to heck with the meat. This is a new recipe Linda got from a co-worker at a pot luck lunch. It uses cocoa powder, cumin and oregano to add a rich Indian-like character to the chili powder base. Delicious!


  • 1 can beef broth
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp seasoning salt
  • 4 tsp ground cocoa powder
  • 2 tbspĀ ground cumin
  • 4 tbsp ground chile powder
  • 2 tsp ground oregano
  • 1 large can tomato sauce
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 2 cans kidney beans, drained
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
  • flour (optional)


Brown beef and drain. Saute onion and garlic. Combine all ingredients. Simmer 30-40 minutes. Thicken with a little flour if desired. Or puree 1/4 of mixture and add back in.

Garnish with chopped cilantro, onions, shredded cheddar cheese.