A Game Day Chili Recipe for a Winning Touchdown

A Game Day Chili Recipe for a Winning Touchdown


September is one of my favorite months. Football season begins, and the temperature starts to drop. Sundays are more of a ‘Funday’, and we’re spending it with our friends, family, and fellow football fans—what isn’t to love?! Cooking all day in the kitchen, however, is definitely not how I plan to enjoy my Sunday Funday during football season.


I am a huge fan of meals that serve more than one purpose. Like a good, thick bowl of comforting chili! It’s flavorful, hearty, and filling. Best yet, it takes minimal time to prepare. We’ll call that a touchdown! Make a quick batch of chili that your crowd will love. While most everyone thinks their chili recipe makes THE best chili, know that yours truly will be with a secret ingredient, cocoa.


This chili freezes extremely well so save those leftovers and have a warm bowl throughout the entire fall season.


Yields: 8-10 servings



  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 4 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½  tsp dried thyme
  • 1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes with puree
  • 1 10-ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
  • 1 3-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 15-ounce can of red kidney beans
  • 1 15-ounce can pinto beans
  • Cooking spray of your choice



1. To a non-stick skillet, spray cooking spray. Add onion, garlic cloves, and bell pepper. Sauté until soft and lightly browned.

2. Add beef and sauté until browned. Add all spices, excluding bay leaves, to meat/veggie combo and mix well.

3. To a large pot add crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, broth, both cans of beans, and bay leaves.

4. Allow to come to a boil. Add meat/veggie mixture and tomato paste. Simmer on low for about two hours.

5. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa powder. Allow slight cool. Garnish with your favorite chili toppings and enjoy!

A Game Day Chili Recipe for a Winning Touchdown


What are your favorite chili toppings?

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