Award-Winning Chocolate Chili
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Serves: 6
  • 1 (29 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 oz.) can Italian flavored peeled, diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 2 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 (15.5 oz.) cans kidney beans, undrained
  • ½ lb. thickly sliced hickory smoked bacon
  • 1 lb. Italian sausage
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ⅛ cup chili powder
  • 1 to 1½ cups hickory smoked BBQ sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 2 (1 oz.) squares 70% or more dark chocolate, cut into shards or shavings
  1. In a large pot, combine tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and Italian seasoning and simmer on low.
  2. In a large skillet, sauté the onion in a little bit of oil or butter until slightly soft, then pour into the pot.
  3. In the same skillet, cook the bacon until slightly crisp. Drain, dice into thick chunks, and pour into pot.
  4. Cook ground beef until brown. Drain, and pour into pot.
  5. Cook sausage until brown. Drain, dice, and pour into pot.
  6. Combine the chili power, BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and chocolate into the pot and stir until well blended, and let simmer for 45 minutes.
I prefer to make this dish in the morning, chill in the fridge, and allow the flavors to meld together over the course of the day. 30 minutes before mealtime, pull the pot out of the fridge and heat it up. While you do this, throw some cornbread in the oven and call it good.
Recipe by Whole Life Cooking at