My Today Show Chili Contest Entry – Super Secret Recipe: Beer Bacon Chocolate Chili

This may be one of the hardest things I have ever had to do…my Chocolate Beer Chili recipe is being exposed to the world. I literally covet this recipe. I keep it in a lock box under my bed and take it out to say a prayer for it each morning…well, maybe not, but I am super proud and protective of this recipe. I mean, it has CHOCOLATE, and BEER, and it is CHILI. Does it get any better?

 

Then I started to think – maybe only I think this chili is so amazing, can it really be as good as I think it is? So I started making it for my friends. They SAID it was as good as I thought. I gave the recipe to my dad and his wife for them to make it in their cafe. The chili became their #1 seller. So maybe it is as good as I think. I decided to add “enter a chili contest” to my 101 list.

Well, the time has come for you to judge, for the world to judge, for the Today Show to judge! The Today Show announced they are having a chili recipe contest a couple of weeks ago…my chance has come! I made my pilgrimage to Russo’s, Whole Foods, and Trade Joe’s, and it was time, time to blog my Chocolate Beer Chili recipe…via con dios….

Beer Bacon Chocolate Chili Recipe
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Recipe type: main
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • ¼ lb Bacon (chopped )
  • 1.5 lb Sirloin tips (chopped into bite sized pieces)
  • 1 - poblano pepper (seeded and chopped)
  • 1 - fresh Fresno pepper (seeded and chopped) Feel free to sub your favorite pepper
  • 1 - large onion (chopped)
  • 28 ounce Crushed tomatoes
  • 28 ounce Diced Tomatoes
  • 2- 14.5 oz of your choice beans such as cannelloni, kidney beans, black beans, etc...
  • ¼ cup chili powder (I recommend Penzey's or Whole Foods)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1- 12 ounce bottle dark beer (I use any of
  • Dogfish Head
  • varieties, but prefer the Indian Brown Ale or Chicory Stout)
  • 1 ounce of unsweetened bakers chocolate chopped finely
  • Salt to taste
Instructions
  1. Brown the diced bacon in a large pot
  2. Once bacon is crispy, remove it from the pot with a slotted spoon and place it on a paper towel covered plate
  3. Add meat to the bacon drippings and brown well.
  4. You may need to drain the meat in the middle of browning.
  5. Once the meat is brown, remove it from the pan and set aside.
  6. Add the peppers to the pot and cook until they start to brown, approximately 3 minutes.
  7. Add onions to the peppers and continue to brown until the onions just start to become translucent.
  8. Add the meat and bacon to the onions and peppers and brown for an additional 5 - 8 minutes.
  9. Add the diced tomatoes to the mixture and stir well.
  10. Over medium-high cook until the mixture just starts to boil.
  11. Add the beans to the pot and cook until it just starts to boil again.
  12. Add the crushed tomatoes and cook, again, until it just starts to boil.
  13. Add the beer to the pot, mix well, and bring to a boil, allow to boil for 30 seconds
  14. Stir in the chili powder and brown sugar.
  15. When the mixture JUST starts to boil again, stir in shaved chocolate
  16. Bring to a slow boil and salt to taste. Make sure not to over-salt, as flavors will develop as the chili simmers.
  17. The thickness of your chili depends on your ingredients, if your chili is too thin, add a teaspoon of tomato paste, stir, test thickness and repeat if needed.
  18. Reduce heat to simmer, cover and let simmer (stirring occasionally) for approximately 2 hours.
  19. Ladle chili into a bowl and sprinkle with your favorite toppings such as diced onions, shredded cheese, or sour cream

15 thoughts on “My Today Show Chili Contest Entry – Super Secret Recipe: Beer Bacon Chocolate Chili

  1. This chili is already an award winner. It won in the Tampa Chocolate Sunday event, last week. Thank you so much for letting us use it. It is one of the best chili’s I ever had. Nice job Renee.

  2. Hi Renee,
    I’m not sure if you remember but we spoke on Linkedin and I mentioned how this recipe sounded incredible. Well today with it raining and chilly in the midwest it was the perfect time to try it out. I LOVED IT!

    I posted my results, with photos on my blog, and made a few slight changes based upon ingredients that I had on hand. I’d love for you to stop by and take a look. Here’s the link to my post – please let me know what you think.
    http://in-homeculinaryclasses.blogspot.com/2011/09/beer-bacon-chocolate-chili-yum.html

  3. I don’t know how this could be anything other than a winner! Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. It’s football season so that means chili around here. I can’t wait to try it. Good luck and have a great weekend!

  4. Wow! Sounds amazing. I have a friend who adds chocolate to her chili recipe too. You’d never know it was there, but there’s a subtle warmth that I can detect now that I know what’s in it. This is perfect football game food for sure. Good luck with the contest!

  5. My sister and I are having a Super Bowl recipe throwdown at 2sisters2cities.com. We are giving away 2 sets of 2 round-trip tickets on BoltBus…you should definitely submit a link to this recipe on our blog! It looks delicious!

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