Thursday, May 01, 2008

Slow Cooking Thursday and Crockpot Challenge - Chocolate Chili

You can't reside in the State of Texas and not have a chili recipe! And the debate goes on between beans and no beans. L and I like the beans, T does not. We are a Kent House divided. This is the combination and subtraction of many different recipes, but mostly inspired by Betty Crocker and Crockpot Goddess, Mabel Hoffman. And the secret ingredient is: Chocolate!


1 pound ground round - browned, drained, rinsed

1 14.5 ounce can whole tomatoes, undrained

1 8 ounce can tomato sauce

2 teaspoons chili powder (I use 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons Penzeys Chili Con Carne to keep the flavor but turn down the heat)

1/2 teaspoon cumin (Adams is best!)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce

1 teaspoon A1 Steak Sauce

1 teaspoon Hershey's Unsweetened Baking Cocoa

Dashes of garlic powder, onion powder and celery seed/salt

Add ingredients and stir. Cook on HIGH 2-3 hours or LOW 4-6. I usually start at HIGH 1 hour and then switch to LOW for 3 hours.