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Eight-Ingredient Beef and Bean Chili

4 to 6 Servings

40 minutes

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To create a flavor-packed, pantry-friendly, weeknight chili using just eight ingredients, we’re not shy about the seasonings. We add ¼ cup of chili powder and a full tablespoon of cumin, plus a surprising addition: cocoa powder. It imparts amazing depth and complexity without tasting like chocolate. We also include a generous amount of tomato paste and cook it until deeply browned, a trick that develops rich, concentrated flavor. Chili loves garnishes; see the list below for our favorites.

4 to 6


40 minutes



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Scott T.
December 21, 2022
Simple, yet delicious!
Followed the recipe as written and was pleasantly impressed! The amount of spices keeps it from being under flavored. The chocolate adds a great touch! Will definitely make again!
Margaret H.
January 24, 2023
Looking forward to this! Hoping to up the stars!
I want to give this 5 stars, but am wondering how much cumin to use! In the head paragraph, it states a full tablespoon of cumin. In the recipe, it calls for 2. That's quite a difference even for cumin lovers like me! I suppose I could start with 1 tablespoon and add more if I feel it needs it, but am concerned about the spice being properly incorporated through the cooking process. Thanks for the information!
Amy A.
January 28, 2023
Mild but packs a lot of flavor
The chili is delicious. I was hesitant about the cocoa, but it balanced the flavors. I’d like to try it again and switch up the ingredients for a different variety.