Ingredients (makes 6-8 servings; adapted from The Clothes Make The Girl):
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 pounds ground beef
1 teaspoon dried oregano
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 and 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning*
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
6 ounces tomato paste
1 (14.5 ounce) can fire-roasted chopped tomatoes
2 and 3/4 cups water
Scallions, red onions, and/or avocado, for serving
*I use La Flor Cajun seasoning, which does not seem to be available anymore. The ingredients are cayenne pepper, onion, salt, herbs, garlic, and other spices. If you don’t have any Cajun seasoning, try adding a little more cayenne, onion powder, and/or garlic powder to taste.
Heat the coconut oil in a large, deep pot over medium high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until translucent, about five minutes. Add the garlic and stir just until fragrant. Add the ground beef, crumbling it with your hands, and stir often until the meat is no longer pink.
Mix all the seasonings in a small bowl, then add to the pot and stir to combine. Add the tomato paste and stir again. Add the can of tomatoes with their juice. Fill the can with water and add that along with one more cup of water. Stir until everything is well mixed.
Bring the chili to a boil, then reduce the heat so it simmers. Cook, uncovered, for two hours, stirring occasionally.
Serve hot with scallions, red onion, avocado, or your favorite topping.
christopher sorel says
Rebecca Winkler says
It's worth a try! Cocoa is great in savory recipes.