Debbie's Chocolate Chili


Chocolate, Guinness® extra stout beer, and spicy sausage are the signature ingredients in this beef and bean chili.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs
20 servings


  • 2 (29 ounce) cans tomato sauce

  • 2 (28 ounce) cans Italian-style diced tomatoes

  • 2 cups diced onion

  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 pound bacon, diced

  • 2 pounds bulk spicy sausage

  • 3 pounds lean ground beef

  • 1 (32 ounce) bottle hickory smoke barbeque sauce

  • ½ cup chili powder

  • 4 (15.25 ounce) cans kidney beans, undrained

  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • 2 (12 fluid ounce) cans or bottles Irish stout beer (such as Guinness®)

  • 1 cup masa flour


  1. Stir tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, onion, cumin, cayenne pepper, and black pepper together in a large pot over medium heat; keep at a simmer as you prepare the meats.

  2. Place the bacon in a large skillet and cook over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until crisp, about 10 minutes. Keep the skillet on heat while transferring bacon to a plate lined with paper towel to drain. Crumble bacon and stir into the tomato mixture.

  3. Cook and stir sausage in the bacon drippings until completely browned, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir sausage into the tomato mixture. Return skillet to medium-high heat.

  4. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until browned and crumbly, 5 to 7 minutes; drain and discard grease. Stir beef into the tomato mixture.

  5. Stir barbeque sauce and chili powder into the tomato mixture; adjust any seasonings to your preference. Add kidney beans and chocolate to the mixture; cook and stir until the chocolate is melted, 1 to 2 minutes.

  6. Pour Irish stout beer into the pot and stir. Bring the mixture to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are well integrated with one another, about 1 hour.

  7. Stir masa flour into the chili until smooth. Bring the chili again to a simmer; cook and stir until thickened, about 15 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

526 Calories
26g Fat
48g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 20
Calories 526
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 26g 33%
Saturated Fat 9g 44%
Cholesterol 79mg 26%
Sodium 2087mg 91%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 10g 35%
Total Sugars 22g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 109mg 8%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 820mg 17%

* 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.