I love that there is a whole new group of people starting the Whole30 this month, so I wanted to make sure to post one of my favorite Whole30 meals so that you have the recipe! Chocolate Chili! You can make a double batch and freeze half if you like...because you will want to make this one again, trust me. This chili is a great basic, flavorful, not spicy, chili that everyone will love. The chocolate flavor is not overwhelming, it's the perfect hint of yumminess.
It's Well Fed's Chocolate Chili by Melissa Joulwan. Well Fed is a cookbook that has essentially all Whole30 approved recipes that are SO delicious! It is so tasty and satisfying. I had this on the stove during the Super Bowl and people went back for seconds;)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 medium onions or 1 large, diced (about 2 cups)
- 4 cloves garlic, minced (about 4 teaspoons)
- 2 pounds ground beef or ground of choice, I've used bison, venison & elk
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 1/2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or pure cacao
- 1 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) fire-roasted, chopped tomatoes
- 1 can (14.5 ounces) beef broth
- 1 cup water
1. Heat a large, deep pot over medium-high heat, then add the coconut oil. When the oil is melted, add onions, stir with a wooden spoon and cook until they’re translucent, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic and as soon as it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds, crumble the ground meat into the pan with your hands, mixing with the wooden spoon to combine. Continue to cook the meat, stirring often, until it’s no longer pink.
2. In a small bowl, crush the oregano between your palms to release its flavor, then add the chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice, and salt. Combine with a fork, then add to the pot, stirring like you mean it. Add tomato paste and stir until combined, about 2 minutes.
3. Add the tomatoes with their juice, beef broth, and water to the pot. Stir well. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat so the chili enjoys a gentle simmer. Simmer uncovered for at least two hours. Do not skimp on the simmer! Serve in deep bowls with big spoons.
This chocolate chili is delicious all on it's own.... or serve with healthy toppings like chopped white onions or avocado slices. I've also served it on top of cauliflower rice....YUM. I hope you enjoy this recipe, you can eat this satisfying chili for days after you make it, if it lasts that long! :)