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Chocolate chilli con carne

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Chocolate chilli con carne

This recipe is a fun twist on chilli con carne. I’m also a fan of diet friendly foods so you can make it Slimming World friendly too – I will give you both ways.

Chocolate chilli con carne


  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Red chilli, quartered
  • 1 Clove garlic, peeled
  • 1 Red onion, roughly chopped
  • 15g Fresh coriander plus extra to garnish
  • 1 Tsp paprika
  • 1 Tsp hot chilli powder
  • 1/2 Tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Star anise (optional)
  • 500g Lean minced beef
  • 1 x 400g can chopped tomatoes
  • 150ml hot beef stock
  • 1 x 410g can of red kidney beans in water, drained and rinsed
  • 30g dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids) broken into pieces
  • Method:
    1. Heat oil in a pan on the hob over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Meanwhile, finely chop the chilli, garlic, onion and fresh coriander.

    2. Add the onion mixture, paprika, chilli powder, cumin and star anise to the pan on the heat. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the onions are tender, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium-high, add the meat and cook until browned.

    3. Add tomatoes, stock and kidney beans to pan and mix well. Bring pan to the boil, cover, then reduce heat and simmer 35-40 minutes or until the meat is fully cooked and tender, stirring occasionally.

    4. Stir chocolate into the chilli until melted and well combined. Remove the star anise. Garnish the chilli with the remaining coriander leaves. Serve with white rice and you can also serve with garlic bread!

    To make it Slimming World friendly, do the following:
    In step 1: Heat the pan using Frylight – not oil.
    In step 4: Either don’t use the chocolate to keep the dish Syn free OR count the Syns. Dark chocolate is 4 Syn per 15g so for this recipe the whole recipe would be 8 Syns. Simply divide this by the number of servings you get (Usually 4 servings) making the dish 2Syn per serving.
    With white rice the dish is Syn free. You have to count the Syns if you have garlic bread.

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    Comments to Chocolate chilli con carne

    • oohhhhh this is different. Will show the hubby this, defo something we will try.

      angela hamilton 12th August 2016 9:24 pm Reply
    • Sounds delicious and I already have the ingredients in. It must be a sign x

      Louise 13th August 2016 2:05 am Reply
    • I’ve tried adding chocolate to chilli before, but I think I’ve been too wimpy about the amounts as I haven’t been able to taste the difference.

      Erica Price 14th August 2016 8:55 am Reply
    • I have never added chocolate to chilli but have heard its lovely so will have to try it

      Kara Guppy 14th August 2016 10:32 am Reply
    • The addition of the chocolate in the chilli sounds delicious.

      Ness 15th August 2016 9:52 pm Reply
    • Ooh we always add chocolate to our chilli if we have some in and we always add some chilli to our brownies 😉

      Cass@frugalfamily 24th August 2016 8:21 am Reply
    • wow I totally would never have thought to add chocolate to a chilli! Mind Blown! x

      Fritha Strickland 26th August 2016 4:34 pm Reply
      • haha my thoughts at first too!

        Nadine Hill 27th August 2016 4:12 pm Reply
    • Chocolate really does make all the difference doesn’t it? A friend told me about it a few years ago, and I don’t think it’s as good without it! 🙂 Looks delish!

      Emma Raphael 26th August 2016 6:38 pm Reply
    • Oh wow would never have thought to add chocolate! Will have to try this being a chocoholic!

      Fozia S 29th August 2016 10:24 pm Reply

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