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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

Servings

40 minutes

Ingredients

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Reviews
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.