Beanless Chocolate Chili


Beanless Chocolate Chili


“What the hell is that?!” That was my husband’s reaction when I told him I was making Beanless Chocolate Chili.

Then the conversation went like this….

My husband: “It’s NOT chili without beans and why would you ruin it by putting chocolate in it?”

Me: “Trust me!” (I know he was thinking that he’s heard that plenty of times before.)

 It wasn’t long before he was dipping a spoon into the pot and talking about how amazing it was.


Now THAT’S the reaction I was waiting for! 🙂

This chili was so easy to make and was inspired by a recipe I found when I was searching for Whole30 approved recipes.

I know you’re hungry so let me get right to it and give you the recipe! But, while you’re cooking, check out the video at the bottom of this page to hear our Whole30 experience so far.

chocolate chili ingredients INGREDIENTS: 

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 medium onion

2 garlic cloves minced

1 lb grass fed lean ground beef

1/2 tsp dried oregano

1 tbsp chili powder

1 tbsp ground cumin

1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa

1/2 tsp ground allspice

1/2 tsp salt

1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste

1 (14.5 oz) can of fire roasted, chopped tomatoes

1 can beef broth

1 cup water


Heat a large, deep pot over medium-high heat. Add your coconut oil. When the coconut oil is melted, add onions and stir with a wooden spoon, cook until they’re translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the garlic and as soon as it’s fragrant, about 30 seconds, crumble the brown 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.

In a small bowl add the dried oregano, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, allspice, and salt. Combine with a fork, then add to the pot. Now, stir that chili like you mean it!  Add tomato paste and stir until combined.

Add the tomatoes with their juice, beef broth, and water to the pot. Keep stirring. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a gentle simmer. Simmer uncovered for at about 2 hours. The simmering makes all the difference in the world so DON’T SKIMP on it!

PS, the leftovers are AMAZING so you may want to double the recipe. This made enough for my husband and I to have for dinner one night and then we had about 3 servings leftover for lunches.

PSS, we may never eat bean chili again!

Bon appetit!12584112_10208776572954412_1018136961_n

If you like this recipe please feel free to share it and comment below! I’m also including a video my husband and I made about our Whole30 experience so far. Check it out and be sure to Subscribe to my channel. We will be posting our final results of our first Whole30 next week.

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