Randy Mayor; Cindy Barr
8 servings

Never had chili with chocolate?  Smoky chipotle chiles and earthy unsweetened chocolate add unexpected depth and richness to this hearty chili.

How to Make It

Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, and turkey to pan; sauté 8 minutes or until turkey is browned and vegetables are tender. Add sugar and next 9 ingredients (through chipotle) to pan, stirring to blend; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer 15 minutes or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add chocolate, stirring to melt. Ladle 1 1/4 cups chili in each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Garnish with green onions.

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Ratings & Reviews

Why the sugar?

December 27, 2017
This is a very good chili recipe, but not really sure why there is sugar added, unless it is to appeal to those with a 'sweet tooth'.  The sugar itself is responsible for 5 carbs per serving, so if you are carbohydrate conscious, you probably want to rethink adding sugar to this.

jjjamstou2's Review

November 01, 2012
The first time I made this I probably would have given it 5 stars. I did not have unsweetened chocolate in the house that time & so only used the cocoa powder. We all loved it. This time I made it properly. Too chocolate-y and I love chocolate! I am hoping if I add some tomato sauce or something today I can make the flavor a little less intense. It was unique as a one time trial, but definitely had the flavor of a mole sauce. A bit too rich to eat as is, unless you were serving it over rice or noodles or something. I will probably make it again, but it will definitely not be my go-to chili recipe for a family dinner.

Meremaid's Review

August 15, 2010
Great on a very chilly day! We used dark meat turkey (turkey thigh) instead of breast, and regular chile powder (not being able to find ancho). The dish has a lot of heat, especially if you don't seed the chipotle chiles, but it's a slow burn heat rather than a fiery hot heat. Another great chili recipe!

Meggo123's Review

October 25, 2012
Outstandung! I just made this for a get together with friends and what a hit !!!

noelle71's Review

April 20, 2013

OceanMommy's Review

November 15, 2010
This was the best chili I've ever made! I'm not a huge fan of super spicy foods and this is pretty spicy, but its so delicious I didn't care! I did make some substitutions: I used 1 T of chipotle chili powder instead of ancho, just because I didn't have ancho in the house. I also forgot to buy pinto beans at the store so had to use 1 can of no salt added black beans and 1 can of fat free refried beans. The refried beans made it thicker and amazing! This is going to be my new go-to chili.

cathyk's Review

January 13, 2011
Excellent recipe. A little spicy for me so I might cut back on chili powder. Added a chopped zucchini to up the veggie-ness. Lots of chili so leftovers in the fridge for next week. Served with corn muffins.

dbshade's Review

February 22, 2015
All these varying reviews speak to the difference in people's taste buds. I have made this a couple of times, with the latest time being this week and I had leftovers tonight. With every bite, I almost couldn't believe how good it was!! I made it exactly according to the recipe, and the flavors are simply overwhelming! I LOVE it!!

SharonSTX's Review

March 04, 2014

chelsoi's Review

October 31, 2012
Trust me on this recipe-- it is absolutely horrible. One other poster nailed it: bland except for the heat, which simply makes it blazing bad. The chili has NO taste that rings true of any chili I've ever tasted, (except for an overpowering chipotle smoke which is just a stupidly strong flavor with no subtlety) and that's everything from Texas State Fair Blue Ribbon winners to Cincinnati's best Chili, and everything in between. We made the full batch, ate 1/2 cup each, and promptly dumped a half gallon of a hot smoky mess down the drain. Find another recipe because this one is not worth a single star. I can't help but wonder about the taste buds (do they have any?) of all these people giving this 4 and 5 stars Read the postings of one and two stars, and Trust Them. Bad chili!! PS I cut both the chipotle chile peppers and the Ancho powder in half, still too hot/spicy to eat. And I like spicy!