Spicy Chocolate Chili (Cincinnati Style)

Cook time: 2 Hr 30 Min  Prep time: 30 Min  Serves: 8 – 10 people


1 lb lean ground beef
1 lb tri-tip, coarsely ground
1 large onion, diced
2 large green bell pepper, chopped
4 medium green finger hot chile peppers, diced
6 c spicy hot v8
2 can(s) petite cut, diced tomatoes (14.5 oz. can)
2 can(s) light red kidney beans, drain (15.5 or 16 oz. cans)ed and rinsed
2 can(s) great northern beans, drained (15 or 15.5 oz. cans)d and rinsed
4 small cans, diced green chiles fire roasted
1 c sliced jalapeño peppers, chopped
16 oz roasted red peppers, diced (mezzetta’s)
2 squares of bakers semi-sweet chocolate
1 lindt chocolate chili bar
1 Tbsp worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp chipotle sauce
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp garlic powder
1 1 1/2 Tbsp (penzey’s) chili 9000
2 tsp (penzey’s) ancho chili pepper, ground
1 tsp onion salt
2 Tbsp (penzey’s) chili powder
1 Tbsp cumin
1 Tbsp (penzey’s) korintje cinnamon
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp brown sugar, dark (opt)
1 c water or more if needed
4 medium green onions, chopped
1 c sour cream (if you need to tone down the heat)
1. Gather all your ingredients first and get them ready.
2. Cook up your peppers & onions in a pan with a little butter or oil. In another pan cook up your coarsely ground tri-tip and ground beef together. Drain off the meat.
3. Now, over medium heat begin adding tomatoes, beans and peppers. (Add cans of pimentos at the end of cooking time and the Lindt Spicy Chocolate bar.) Once that is all stirred together begin adding you spices and sauces. Once all ingredients are added lower heat to a simmer for 3 1/2 hours to 4 hours before serving. It can cook longer if you like. The longer it cooks the better it tastes and the smell is intoxicating!!! I don’t know what I like more the smell of spices, scent of cinnamon or aroma of chocolate. Add the 2 squares of chocolate about 1/2 to 45 minutes before done.
4. Prepare your garnishes for the bowls of chili and enjoy your spicy/sweet chocolate chili.