Chocolate Chilli

In the world of food some things were simply meant for each other. In fact some food items are so compatible it’s a bit of a mystery why God didn’t just save some time and bring them into existence in their final, delicious form.

Take, for example, bacon sandwiches and tomato ketchup. No one would even consider one without the other, so why bother producing them as separate things? And lamb with mint jelly. What else can you do with mint jelly except eat it with lamb?

And so the list of inseparable foods goes on – cheese and pickle, steak and scallops, chocolate and jelly beans…I’m stopping now before I start chewing the keyboard.

However you can go too far. Sometimes a food combination sounds better than it tastes. For example ‘Chocolate Chilli’.

Now on paper this sounds like it should work.


Ingredients (from the Hairy Bikers, yet again)

  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 1lb beef steak, diced
  • 1lb mince (beef if you can find it)
  • 1 white onion  chopped
  • 1 red onion chopped
  • 2 sticks celery chopped
  • 1 dried chipotle chilli
  • 1 tbsp dried chilli flakes
  • ½ tbsp chilli powder
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 cans chopped tomatoes
  • 1 pint beef stock
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can black-eyed beans
  • sea and pepper
  • 3oz plain chocolate chopped
  • fresh coriander

To serve

  • rice
  • soured cream
  • spring onions

Heat some oil in a casserole/Dutch oven and fry the diced beef  and mince in batches, frying until browned all over.


Then fry the onions and celery.

Add the chipotle chilli, chilli flakes and powder and oregano.


Put the meat back and add the  sugar, tomatoes, stock and beans. At this point realise that your Dutch oven is too small so get out the Big Boy. Pop in the oven at 180 centrigrade for a couple of hours.


When ready to serve, season and stir in the chocolate and chopped coriander.


Serve with rice, soured cream and sliced spring onions.


So how did this creation turn out? Well it tasted like chilli to which someone had added chocolate. It wasn’t right. The flavours didn’t combine. Had I undercooked? I checked the recipe – and there it was – add the chocolate at the end – just stir in until melted – I did what I was told!

Maybe the chocolate was too…chocolately; but it did say use bitter chocolate. Personally I don’t think chocolate goes with chilli. You can scatter some chilli on some chocolates alright but I’m not so sure about dumping a bunch of 70% cocoa dark chocolate into a chilli con carne.


Mind you it was fun catching my youngest and his friend trying to eat the chocolate off the chillis in the photo. I found the milk carton in the fridge covered in chocolate finger marks where they had been eating the chillis and then glugging the milk. Bless the children.

40 thoughts on “Chocolate Chilli

  1. Hi, love your blog, right up my street.
    I cooked this hairy biker’s recipe to the letter for my family tonight and unfortunately it didn’t go down well. My eldest took one taste and that was it, My partner and mother in law made a good effort but the general opinion was “would have been better without the chocolate!”
    I cleaned my plate however and I think i am leaning towards agreeing with them. The chilli con carne itself was fantastic before I added chocolate.
    I like to experiment but i think my choco/chilli days are over.
    I will be making the chilli again to the same recipe though.

  2. Your sons eating the chocolate off the chili!! Too funny, and the milk bottle afterwards. My kids just watched a movie where the dad in the movie drinks the milk right out of the milk jug, and they all turned and looked at me….”You can do that?” “Not in this house,” I said. But I know they will sometime when I am not looking.

  3. I think chocolate and chili is a great combo! My chili recipe is a mole chili that I whip up for the Superbowl, and the chocolate tastes well-integrated. Tell you what: next time you are in NYC, I will make you some to take home 🙂

  4. I made this chilli last week , mine looks the same as yours , but i added quite a lot of chilli and chipotle/smoked paprika paste, a red pepper , sweet corn and used minced pork/beef and a bit of braising steak chopped into 1/4 inch pieces, cooked slowly for 2 hrs , put half a bar of 70% choc In at the end , then consumed a bottle of wine , it was very hot smoky and rich but a bit .. sickly ..not sure ! like you i won’t make it again but I will use the same meat portions again . Then again not tried it sober yet still got portions in freezer. Never really made the perfect chilli after trying many recipes this one could be it but no choc. great blog by the way.

  5. Not being a chili fan but a chocolate lover, I’m having a hard time putting the two together but I have to say the photo is beautiful – just don’t think I’d eat it. You are getting your use out of the “big boy” though. Aren’t you glad you got it?

  6. Great photo of the chocolate dipped chili pepper. Chocolate does go with chili, this combination originates from traditional Mexican cooking. My experience is that cocoa powder works better than unsweetened chocolate. Search the web for other cocoa enriched chili recipes. A gringo-ized version is Cinncinnati style chili. Your photos do look appetizing though.

      • Ah, sorry.The mole I’m referring to is mole poblano, a 20-30+ ingredient chili pepper-based sauce that is sweet, smoky & savory with things like ground nuts and chocolate but not beans (that I’m aware of) in it that’s usually served with chicken or turkey. It’s like the marinara of Mexico, very ubiquitous. I’ve never really been able to wrap my head around it, the chocolate in it makes it taste very earthy to me. Truthfully, it registers as “dirt” to my taste buds. Perhaps I’ve never had a really good mole.

  7. I reckon, personally, you can’t go wrong with SALT and CHOCOLATE. Be it a chocolate cake slice with salt liberally applied, a salted chocolate muffin, even a lump of chocolate devoured with salted cashews. mmmmm. Oh, and actual chilli chocolate is pretty darned good, too, as long as, of course, one has a delicious glass of icy cold milk to wash it down with.

  8. Regardless how’s the final dish turned out, that opening shot of the chocolate-coated Chili’s is just stunning. I just have to question the bacon and tomato ketchup sandwich… Now that’s a combination I can’t quite imagine. To each their own I guess!

  9. I love the chocolate peppers idea. I’ve tried chocolate with chili in a few recipes and found that I couldn’t really taste the chocolate. Adding some chili flakes to hot chocolate, though, does knock your sox off!

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