I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Warming A "Chili" Heart

Why not turn up the heat this Valentines Day and add a little spice to your sweetie's day.
Like they say everything is better with chocolate and this Chili is just added proof of that.
It really makes a difference in a profound way without that OMG someone dropped a candy bar in my Chili reaction. There is a depth and a mouth feel that is uniquely that of chocolate, couple that with all that savory and spicy...well it is just the perfect symphony to serenade your taste buds.
So on this Valentines Day, if it starts to get too Chili, just add chocolate. It will instantly warm the heart of that very special someone.

Chili Con Chocolate

2 lbs. of ground beef
2 (15 oz.) cans of kidney beans
2 (15 oz.) cans of tomato sauce
1 lg. onion, diced
1 lg. green pepper, diced
1 (4 oz.) can diced green chilies
1/3 c. Chile powder
2 tbsp. of dark brown sugar
2 tbsp. prepared grated horseradish
1 Hershey's Special Dark Bar (1.45 oz.) or just use 1 tbsp. of unsweetened cocoa powder. I prefer the dark chocolate bar; you may also substitute your own favorite chocolate.
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. ground pepper

In a large pot sauté your ground beef until lightly browned (drain any excessive fat). Add in the rest of the ingredients, set the temperature to medium low and let simmer, covered for 1 hour.


Rochelle R. said...

I love chili, especially on a cold day. I have never put chocolate or horseradish in it but I can see how it would work. I always put a little sugar in mine like you do. I'll keep your secret ingredients in mind next time I make it.

Julie said...

Thank you Rochelle, enjoy.

joe said...


Julie said...

Thank you Joe, you are a man of few words.

Katy ~ said...

What a hoot. I've sen chili in the hot chocolate drink but not chocolate in chili, grins. This does sound very interesting. We buy those multi-mini packs of chocolate and the dark chocolates are always the last to go. What a terrific way to use them.

I'm keeping this recipe in mind. Many thanks.

Julie said...

Chocolate marries well with many foods Katy, it is quite common now for people to add dry cocoa powder to their meat rubs.