This Easy Three Bean Chocolate Chili is your new favorite go-to dinner recipe!
This post was sponsored by Nielsen-Massey and I received products for review and recipe development. All opinions are entirely my own, especially the one about how delicious that Pure Chocolate Extract smells.
This Chocolate Chili is rocking my world right now! I’m always on the hunt for easy weeknight dinner recipes. At the end of the day, I have five hungry people to satisfy and never as much time as I’d like to make it happen. Finding something that everyone likes adds another level to my daily dinner dilemma. But one simple fall-back that I can always count on is Chili.
Over the course of my parenting-cooking years, I’ve made a lot of chili recipes. Many of those recipes are forgotten, but some get put on repeat, like Jenny Rosenstrach’s Turkey Chili, which I often have a bag or two of in the freezer just for good measure. Others make it into our regular repertoire, like our family favorite Vegetarian Quinoa Chili, which is almost a weekly ritual now.
And then there are a select few that are crowned Hall of Fame recipes. Only a few bites into this Easy Three Bean Chocolate Chili, we unanimously gave it Hall of Fame status. It’s that good!
What makes this Chili special is the added chocolate flavor. It doesn’t actually taste like chocolate, but the chocolate flavor enhances the chili in taste bud exploding ways. No joke!
I’ve made a few chocolate chili recipes before, adding a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder to the chili, but none of them were memorable and I didn’t make them twice. I think where all the magic happens in this particular Chocolate Chili recipe is in the spices and extracts.
Instead of using cocoa powder, I used Nielsen-Massey’s Chocolate extract, which smells as dreamy as it tastes. Then, to enhance the chocolate and chili flavors even more, I add just a little bit of Nielsen-Massey’s Coffee extract. With the extracts and a pinch of cinnamon added to the ordinary chili spices, this Chocolate Chili really is an explosion of delicious flavor!
The chili has a good ratio of beans to meat, with beans winning slightly. However, if you like a meatier chili, just increase the meat to 1 ½ or 2 lbs and decrease the beans to only 1 or 2 cans. I’ve tried it both ways and they both work well.
This hearty, warm Chocolate Chili is a rich, satisfying meal. Based on years of research (read: eating chili for dinner) in my personal lab (read: kitchen table), I am declaring this the most deliciously, flavorful chili recipe of all time.