Sweet Potato & Beef Chocolate Chili

Here’s what’s up.

It’s no secret I’m shamelessly obsessed with chocolate.  And sweet potatoes.  And chili.  And food…?  Right?  I’m obsessed with food.

But seriously.  I have a ball with it.  We go out dancing. We take trips to the grocery store and bond over espresso and the Beatles and political science journals.  We even go to the gym together.

Now, honestly, you all know this blog posts only the healthiest of recipes.

Okay, semi-healthy recipes.

Okay, sometimes I splurge.  Sue me.  But this chocolate chili recipe really is the healthiest and most darn delicious thing I could have dreamed up.  Seriously…  Yesterday morning I woke up craving a big bowl of chili for breakfast.  That’s a fact.

Don’t worry…  Chocolate is still super important to me… But it’s not just an “it and me thing” anymore.  I need to make room for a few extra friends on our dates.

Okay. I really need to stop talking to your food like it’s your boyfriend.

Did you know that adding chocolate to a chili dish adds a rich and deep flavor?  Well, it does…  Adding a small amount of this bittersweet dark chocolate really accentuates the flavor of the beef, making this dish an absolutely wonderful meal for any day of the week.  Add in some sweet potatoes and cinnamon and you’ve got yourself a nice little party.

Forget what your mother told you.  It’s perfectly acceptable to eat chocolate for dinner.

Sweet Potato & Beef Chocolate Chili

adapted from this chili recipe

(yields 6 servings)


1 tablespoon olive oil

1/2 large onion, chopped

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon oregano

1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1 oz chocolate, shaved or grated

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

8 oz (1/2 pound) lean ground hamburger beef, cooked

2 medium carrots, chopped

1 cup tomatoes, chopped

1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable broth (or more if you like a soupier chili)

1, 15-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained


Heat oil in a large pot and saute onions for 5-8 minutes, or until softened.  Mix in garlic powder and cook, stirring for 1-2 more minutes.  Add in cumin and oregano and cook for 30 seconds.

Pour in 1/4 cup broth.  Add in chopped sweet potato and cinnamon and saute, covered, for 5 minutes.  Add in cooked hamburger meat.  Stir in chili powder, then chopped chocolate, carrots, tomatoes, sauce, and another 1/2 cup broth.

Place lid on the pot and cook for 10 minutes or until tender, stirring often as to help the mixture absorb the liquid.  Add in chickpeas and pour in remaining broth.  Cook for 10-15 minutes.

Once done, remove from heat and season with salt, if desired. Serve warm.

Nutritional information (1 cup): 252 calories, 8g fat (2.5 sat, 3.3 mono, >1 poly), 31g carbs, 15g protein, 8.5g fiber

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5 Responses to “Sweet Potato & Beef Chocolate Chili”
  1. EveryCraving says:

    Leave it to you to find a way to incorporate chocolate in every meal of the day haha ;) I heard chocolate enhances the flavor of beef and I’ve actually written a recipe for it but I’m way too scared to try it. You’ve definitely inspired me to try it out though! It just sounds so odd. Chocolate and beef.

  2. Mary says:

    How many great words can you get in this title? It’s definitely on the list to make this weekend. Thanks for the creative recipes!

  3. I ADORE chocolate in chili – and your writing style!!

    PLUS – thats always the sign of an amazing savoury main course… when you wake up craving it in the morning!! Bookmarked!!

  4. This is such an different and interesting recipe. Please post it on my “Foodie Friday” linky today.
    You really have to share this. PS: My kids loved your tofu.

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