The husband and I love chili, and love it spicy! But cooking for 3 little children requires me to tone it down for their taste buds. We like to add a few dashes of Sriracha® or fresh chopped jalapeno and onion to make up for the missing heat. The kids are partial to goldfish crackers on top! But as with any chili, feel free to top it with your favorites. If you are lucky enough to live near an Italian market, the salsiccia is best in our opinion. If not, then you can sub another kind of ground Italian sausage. It may be light on spice, but full of flavor!

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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Set oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

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  • Place green bell pepper on the prepared baking sheet.

  • Broil bell pepper in the oven, turning every 5 minutes, until skin is blackened and bubbling, about 20 minutes. Transfer roasted pepper to a resealable plastic bag; seal and set aside.

  • Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook and stir ground beef and ground sausage in the hot Dutch oven until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Transfer ground meat to a bowl.

  • Heat olive oil in the same Dutch oven over medium-low heat; cook and stir onions and garlic in the hot oil until onions are translucent, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Carefully remove roasted pepper from the plastic bag and peel off the blackened layer; chop the pepper. Add chopped bell pepper, ground meat mixture, chili beans, coffee, green chiles, cocoa powder, cumin, and chili powder to the onion mixture; stir well. Simmer, stirring frequently, until warmed, about 5 minutes.

  • Stir crushed tomatoes and water into chili; season with salt. Bring to boil. Cover Dutch oven, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors have blended, at least 30 minutes. Remove cover and simmer until chili is thickened, about 30 more minutes.

Topping Ideas:

Sriracha(R), sour cream, shredded cheese, goldfish crackers, cilantro, fresh chopped jalapeno, onion, or crushed tortilla chips.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; 19.3 g total fat; 46 mg cholesterol; 1170 mg sodium. 30.3 g carbohydrates; 21 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (3)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
This was the first time I have ever made chili and it was delicious. I will definitely be making it again. Soon!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/25/2019
This chili is very interesting. The chocolate flavor is pretty strong. I felt like between it and the coffee it made it a little bitter. I had to add some brown sugar to offset the bitterness. Once I did that my 6 year-old liked it. I used tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes and mild sausage instead of the one listed. Also I just used diced green peppers instead of roasting them. Also the amount of chili powder was a bit much for what my kid can handle so I cut that in half. As written I'm not sure this chili is very kid friendly with the bitter chocolate coffee and amount of chili powder. This recipe has definitely given me some ideas for future chilis though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
This was the first time I have ever made chili and it was delicious. I will definitely be making it again. Soon!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/07/2016
This was the first time I have ever made chili and it was delicious. I will definitely be making it again. Soon!! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/24/2019
This chili is very interesting. The chocolate flavor is pretty strong. I felt like between it and the coffee it made it a little bitter. I had to add some brown sugar to offset the bitterness. Once I did that my 6 year-old liked it. I used tomato sauce instead of crushed tomatoes and mild sausage instead of the one listed. Also I just used diced green peppers instead of roasting them. Also the amount of chili powder was a bit much for what my kid can handle so I cut that in half. As written I'm not sure this chili is very kid friendly with the bitter chocolate coffee and amount of chili powder. This recipe has definitely given me some ideas for future chilis though. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2017
I halved the recipe since I have a small family but I used the full tomatoes. I did not use the Salcippa (sp?) sausage as my grocery store didn't have it. Just used the beef - and not sirloin (too expensive). I only used a sprinkle of cumin and sprinkle of chili powder (1/4 of each really sounded like a lot?). I did not broil the peppers I just diced and cooked them with the onions and garlic. Kids loved it. Will make it again. Read More