No beans in this hearty ground beef-based chili! The meat is cooked with aromatics, then amped up with fire-roasted tomatoes, chili powder, and cocoa.

Martha Stewart Living, January/February 2019


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

30 mins
50 mins
Serves 6 to 8; Makes about 7 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Place a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and cook, breaking up with the back of a spoon, until cooked through, about 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer beef to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tablespoon fat from pan.

  • Return pot to medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic, jalapeno, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper; cook until onions soften, about 6 minutes. Add chili powder, cocoa, and tomato paste; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes more.

  • Add tomatoes, broth, and cooked beef. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, until thickened slightly, 25 to 30 minutes. Season with salt and pepper; serve with sour cream and chives.

Cook's Notes

Chili can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 3 days, or in the freezer up to 3 months.


You can also use ground pork or turkey.