Babo's Chili

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Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 30 mins
12 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 large onion, chopped

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 pound beef chuck, cubed

  • 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped

  • ¼ cup chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • ½ teaspoon celery seed

  • ½ teaspoon dried basil

  • 1 dried chile pepper

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 1 pinch salt

  • 4 (16 ounce) cans tomatoes

  • 4 (14.5 ounce) cans kidney beans, rinsed and drained

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder


  1. Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat; cook and stir onion until softened, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir beef, green bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, celery seed, basil, chile pepper, bay leaves, and salt into onion mixture; cook and stir until beef is no longer red in the center, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir tomatoes into beef mixture, decrease heat to low, and simmer for 4 hours.

  3. Stir kidney beans and cocoa powder into the chili; cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 hour more.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
6g Fat
31g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 548mg 24%
Total Carbohydrate 31g 11%
Dietary Fiber 12g 41%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 25mg 124%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 423mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.