Easy Chilli Con Carne (With Chocolate And Coffee)


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An aromatic, slow-cooked chilli is always a good idea! It just makes the perfect comfort food. And this Easy Chilli Con Carne (With Chocolate And Coffee) may be the best chilli ever! Loaded with sweet potatoes and peppers, hearty beans and corn, and LOTS OF warming spices. Plus 2 secret ingredients – coffee and chocolate! Seriously delicious! Don’t hurry up, give it time and you’ll be rewarded with the most beautiful, deep, rich flavor.

Easy Chilli Con Carne

I tried a lot of different chilli con carne recipes. But none of them was the one for me. So I combined a few different recipes into one, added a bit from myself and I think I made the most delicious chilli con carne ever! 🙂

Why this easy chilli is so delicious:

  • It’s slow-cooked to the perfection – rich flavor, amazing texture.
  • It’s loaded with beautiful ingredients – sweet potatoes, red peppers, sweet corn, and red kidney beans.
  • Lots of aromatic, warming spices.
  • 2 secret ingredients – coffee and dark chocolate!!
  • It makes the ultimate comfort food.
  • It can be served in many, many different ways.
  • It’s super freezer-friendly.

If you haven’t tried making chilli yet, it’s the time! It’s very easy to make and although it takes some time to cook, the preparation time is short. Nothing difficult here, I promise. It’s a one-pot dish!

The best part is that the chilli can stay in the fridge up to 4-5 days! And it tastes better each day. You can serve it in so many different ways so even though the base is the same, you’ll be eating a totally different dish each time!

Let me give you some ideas on how to serve your chilli leftovers:

  • With rice, avocado, and tomato salsa.
  • Put it on top of french fries or nachos.
  • Stuff peppers and courgettes with chilli and bake!
  • With potatoes – make a pie, or simply stuff them and bake.
  • With flatbreads, cornbread or arepas – so good.
  • With tacos and tortillas – easy peasy.
  • With pasta – lasagna, why not?
  • With rolls, hot-dogs, and hamburgers – who doesn’t love a good sandwich?!
  • With eggs – baked eggs with chilli!
  • With savory pancakes or waffles – when you want to feel a bit fancy. 😉

These are just some ideas! Plenty of options!

Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.
Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.

What you need for chilli con carne

We all know chilli con carne, fewer people have heard about its other meatless version – chilli sin carne. Instead of meat, it is full of beans and veggies. Both versions are TOTALLY amazing. Choose the one that works best for you.

Here’s what you need:

  • Ground beef.
  • Onion and garlic – basics.
  • Tomatoes – you can use canned crushed/whole/chopped tomatoes or passata (tomato purée).
  • Veggies – bell pepper and sweet potato.
  • Beans and sweet corn kernels – I like using red kidney beans, but feel free to add any you want.
  • Spices – cumin, smoked paprika, paprika, oregano, cinnamon, salt, and pepper.
  • Soy sauce and balsamic vinegar – to add more depth to the sauce.
  • Coffee and dark chocolate – the 2 “secret” ingredients that make this chilli so good!

This recipe can be easily made vegan – just skip the meat. Instead, add more beans, sweet potatoes, and peppers. You can totally adjust it to your needs – use lentils, chickpeas, carrots or pumpkin. It will taste amazing!

Don’t be afraid of adding chocolate and coffee. It won’t taste weird, I promise. Chocolate, coffee, and cinnamon work PERFECTLY with beef. You need to try! If you don’t have dark chocolate, you can use unsweetened cacao powder instead!

Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.
Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.

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This may be The Best Chilli Con Carne Ever! Loaded with sweet potatoes and peppers, hearty beans and corn, and LOTS OF warming spices. Seriously delicious!

Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.

Yields8 Servings
Prep Time15 minsCook Time2 hrs 30 minsTotal Time2 hrs 45 mins

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In all my recipes 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml, 1 tablespoon equals 15 ml, 1 cup equals 250 ml. Spoons and cups are lightly packed.

 600 g Ground beef
 1 Red onion
 1 Red bell pepper
 3 Garlic cloves
 1 cup Corn kernels
 800 g Canned good quality tomatoes - crushed, whole, chopped (or 700 g passata)
 800 g Canned red kidney beans (or 2 cups cooked beans)
 1 Sweet potato (or one big carrot)
 1 tbsp Tomato paste
 2 Pieces of dark chocolate
  cup Chilled black coffee
 1 cup Water
 1 tbsp Soy sauce
 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (or lime juice)
 1 tbsp Brown sugar (or honey)
 1 tsp Smoked paprika (sweet or spicy)
 1 tsp Sweet paprika powder
 1 pinch Cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
 1 tsp Cumin
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 1 tsp Annatto powder (optional)
 1 stick Cinnamon
 Salt and pepper
 Oil
To serve
 Fresh, chopped coriander
 Sour cream
 Rice/Tortillas/French fries/Arepas/Mashed potatoes
 Lime wedges
 Shredded cheddar

1

Finely chop the onion and garlic.

2

Heat a large pan or pot over medium heat with a bit of oil, add chopped onions and garlic. Cook until the onion is soft.

3

In the meantime, chop pepper and sweet potato into bite-size pieces. Add to the pot. Cook for a few minutes.

4

Add beef, breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon. Add all the spices (paprika powders, cumin oregano, salt, pepper, annatto, cinnamon). Cook for a few minutes more.

5

Add water, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, coffee, chocolate, corn, tomato paste, canned tomatoes. Mix and cover the pot. Cook on the low heat 2 hours stirring from time to time.

6

After 2 hours, add beans and cook for 30 minutes more. If the chilli is not thick enough, cook it uncovered to reduce the liquid, stirring often. Taste and season more if needed.

7

Serve!

 

Ingredients

 600 g Ground beef
 1 Red onion
 1 Red bell pepper
 3 Garlic cloves
 1 cup Corn kernels
 800 g Canned good quality tomatoes - crushed, whole, chopped (or 700 g passata)
 800 g Canned red kidney beans (or 2 cups cooked beans)
 1 Sweet potato (or one big carrot)
 1 tbsp Tomato paste
 2 Pieces of dark chocolate
  cup Chilled black coffee
 1 cup Water
 1 tbsp Soy sauce
 2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar (or lime juice)
 1 tbsp Brown sugar (or honey)
 1 tsp Smoked paprika (sweet or spicy)
 1 tsp Sweet paprika powder
 1 pinch Cayenne pepper (or more, to taste)
 1 tsp Cumin
 1 tsp Dried oregano
 1 tsp Annatto powder (optional)
 1 stick Cinnamon
 Salt and pepper
 Oil
To serve
 Fresh, chopped coriander
 Sour cream
 Rice/Tortillas/French fries/Arepas/Mashed potatoes
 Lime wedges
 Shredded cheddar

Directions

1

Finely chop the onion and garlic.

2

Heat a large pan or pot over medium heat with a bit of oil, add chopped onions and garlic. Cook until the onion is soft.

3

In the meantime, chop pepper and sweet potato into bite-size pieces. Add to the pot. Cook for a few minutes.

4

Add beef, breaking it up into small pieces with a spoon. Add all the spices (paprika powders, cumin oregano, salt, pepper, annatto, cinnamon). Cook for a few minutes more.

5

Add water, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, coffee, chocolate, corn, tomato paste, canned tomatoes. Mix and cover the pot. Cook on the low heat 2 hours stirring from time to time.

6

After 2 hours, add beans and cook for 30 minutes more. If the chilli is not thick enough, cook it uncovered to reduce the liquid, stirring often. Taste and season more if needed.

7

Serve!

Easy Chilli Con Carne With Dark Chocolate

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Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.
Chilli con carne with dark chocolate and coffee. Perfect comfort food! One-pot dinner recipe that can feed a crowed! Made with beef, bell pepper, sweet potato, beans, and corn this easy chilli will warm your soul.

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8 Comments

  1. Casey 24 June 2019 at 14:30

    Sounds like a delicious dinner I should try out soon!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 24 June 2019 at 14:56

      Yuhu! I hope you will like it!

      Reply
  2. Annie @ Annie's Noms 25 June 2019 at 06:07

    I love a good homemade chilli con carne and yours looks fabulous!! I’ve heard about adding chocolate to chilli, but I’ve never had the guts to do it myself as I’m worried I wouldn’t get the amount right. My mum said just a couple of squares is all you need so I really must try it!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 25 June 2019 at 18:25

      You have to try 🙂 It’s really not difficult!

      Reply
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  4. Supermompicks 1 July 2019 at 08:15

    Wow, this chili sounds amazing! Not only would the dark chocolate and coffee give it a warming taste, but the cinnamon would as well. This would be great for a football game!

    Reply
    1. Ewa 1 July 2019 at 08:44

      Thank you! 🙂

      Reply
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