Cocoa Chili

Anything with the word cocoa in it sounds delicious and needs to be made immediately!  Cocoa Chili may sound unusual, but it is tasty in a surprising way.  With this cold, snowy weather, I figured this would be a great time to post this chili recipe!

Cocoa Chili

Whenever I make chili, I like to add in TVP for a “meatier” texture.  Plus it’s very high in protein!  This recipe was adapted from here:


  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tbsp chipotle sauce*
  • 1.5 tbsp raw sugar
  • 2 14 oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup veggie broth**
  • 1 can mild green chilies
  • 3 cans of beans, drained and rinsed (I used black beans, kidney beans, and cannellini beans)
  • 1 cup TVP


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat.
  2. Saute onion and pepper until soft, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic and stir again, cooking for about 1 minute.
  4. Add cocoa powder, oregano, cumin, salt, and cinnamon and stir for about 1 minute.
  5. Add in tomatoes (with the liquid), veggie broth, green chilis, and chipotle sauce and stir to combine.
  6. Bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce to a simmer.  Add beans and sugar.
  7. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally.
  8. Allow to cook for about 20 minutes.  Stir in TVP.
  9. Continue to cook for another 10-25 minutes, until desired consistency is reached.  The longer it cooks, the more it will thicken.
  10. Adjust spices to taste and serve!

* If you don’t have chipotle sauce, you can just use any hot sauce.  Maybe add in about 1 tsp of chili powder as well?

** I used 1 cup of veggie broth, but you can add up to 2 cups if you like your chili less thick.

For an even quicker meal, I’m sure this can even be prepared in a crockpot.  Just put everything in the crockpot, stir, and allow to cook on low 7-8 hours or on high 4-5 hours.  If you use the crockpot, you won’t have sauted veggies unless you do that step before adding everything to the crockpot, but I’m sure it still tastes great!

Based on 8 servings, this recipe yields approximately 245 calories and 16g protein.


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