Total Time
1hr 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr

I created this recipe over 20 years ago and still get requests to make it for family, work and church events. It's the easiest and least expensive chili you will ever make. The recipe can easily be multiplied.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Brown the ground beef, onions and peppers together. Drain.
  2. Stir in the chili mix, spices, beans, chopped tomatoes and tomato juice.
  3. Simmer for 1 hour, stirring and scraping the bottom o f the pot every few minutes to keep it from burning.
  4. At the very end, stir in the cocoa powder.


Most Helpful

Good golly, Miss Molly... my family absolutely loved this chili. Made it just as directed but we all added our own "heat", as we each like it a little different. I added crushed red pepper, my SO & 14yo dd Tabasco, my FIL & 14yo the Mexican hot sauce (wasn't Tapatio but close... don't remember the name), & my Baby Girl, 8yo dd, nothing as she doesn't like the heat. It was perfect for each of us! Had it with jalapeno cornbread. Faaaaaaaaaaaaabulous! Definitely going in my OAMC repertoire! Thanks for sharing, Rob... Go Bears!

Madre Mia November 12, 2010

So easy to make. Pretty much a standard chili recipe. Did it without the unsweetened cocoa, but I kicked it up with then tabasco. (Just my preference.) Makes lots of servings for leftovers

Levdgg December 24, 2003

my first time making chili and this recipe was very easy to follow. I ended up adding one hot red pepper along with some diced tomatoes for more texure. everyone seemed to enjoy

jwhammo February 20, 2003

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