This recipe gets searched for SO many times each week!  So much so, that I thought I’ll re-post it as a WIAW (you know….to help you out.  Not at all because I want to take a nap.) 

I love this chili, particularly on cold, Fall days like we’ve been having this week!  Please excuse the photos – they’re almost embarrasing.  Oh well.

Enjoy!  Bad pictures and all!


If I’m good at cooking one thing, it’s chili.

And I’m only good at cooking one thing.

Luckily, this happens to be Travis’ most favorite meal of all time. He is very easy to please. Growing up with a mom who had to cook for 9 kids will do that to you (she now has 16 in total!). Make you appreciate whatever is placed in front of you. And force you to eat with your elbows out, squirrelly eyes akimbo, always on the defensive against vulture brothers and sisters. To say that Travis is good at sharing would be like saying that Kim Kardashian is good at singing. It just ain’t happenin’.

As I was thinking about this week’s meals and Travis suggested yet another meal of chili, I knew I had to get creative. Even if HE never tires of eating the same ole thing, I get tired of uncreative cooking. And I knew I needed to teach him a lesson in sharing. Mama needs to eat too. So I thought and thought about what I’D want out of a chili.


Dark chocolate, to be exact.

And who is chocolate’s best friend? Peanut butter. They go together like, well, like peanut butter and chocolate. The creative process started. I’m not sure if this has been done before, but I know it’s never been done in this little house. At least not in a pot of chili.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Chili



  • 1 lb. lean ground beef (can sub in ground turkey or chicken)
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 2 cans of beans (I used organic pinto and dark kidney)
  • 3 tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. sea salt
  • 2 tbsp. natural peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp. Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa


The key to GOOD chili is going at it with a hungry, skier’s belly. The key to GREAT chili is grass-fed, lean beef. Katy and her husband actually raise cattle for this very purpose, and we’re lucky enough to get some. (If you ever want to buy some really great beef, message me and I’ll give you the deets.)


Brown beef and drain fat (unnecessary with this beef).


Add remaining ingredients.


Eyeball peanut butter and cocoa additions. Eeeh…that seems about right.


Stir ingredients together. Simmer on low ALL day. Let the ingredients get to know each other, become better acquainted.

Top with plain greek yogurt and cheese. Serve to hungry husband.  Watch for flying elbow to the gullet.  Then wait for it….

His eyes will close, brow will furrow – puzzled as to what that taste is. Then he’ll smile.

He’ll say that this is the best chili he’s ever had. He’ll go on and on about how chocolate and peanut butter were destined to be buddies. He’ll ask for seconds.

And, you never know, he just might share.

QUESTION:  Fall equals chili around here.  What does Fall = at your house??


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  1. The peanut butter adds a ‘finishing’ to it. I’ve been using creamy PB in mine for years…not only is the flavor enhanced, but the peanut oil gives my chili a nice sheen and texture in the mouth. Everyone who’s ever tried it says it’s the best they’ve ever had, and when I want to really ‘put on the dawg’, I add a heaping TBSP of unsweetened cocoa powder, too. The pot practically gets licked clean, and if there are any leftovers, it’s better the 2nd, 3rd days.

  2. I am SO on board with this! I’ve added cocoa before and I’ve HEARD of adding peanut butter, but both? TOGETHER? I’m totally making this!

    And the best part? I don’t have to share ONE BITE! ;)

    Fall definitely means chili, soup, squash, and anything and everything PUMPKIN!! :D

  3. I’ve heard of this combination before, and have always been completely intrigued. I really atta just make it.. even if the thought of adding cocoa to chili kinda freaks me out :) haha

  4. So weird. But weirder is that I think I’ve heard of this before. There was actually something in the news awhile back about a kid going into anaphylactic shock because they ate soup at a restaurant without knowing that there was peanut butter in it. YIKES!

  5. Wow, you added chocolate AND peanut butter to chili?? I’m a little freaked out by this! I mean I’m all for sweet + savory…but I’m not sure I’m completely on board with this yet haha. Maybe one day when I’m feeling particularly adventurous.

  6. Sounds like a very strange combination. But hey, mexican mole sauce has chocolate and chili peppers, so maybe you’re on to something…
    Thanks for sharing!

  7. I will never complain about a repost if it involves PB & Chocolate ;D LOVE the idea to add those flavors to chili. Chili’s definitely a fall thing for me–I get to break out the slow cooker and get extra-lazy in the kitchen. No better way to get tons of flavorful food for minimal effort (and cost!).

  8. That chili looks amazing, I never would have thought to put those ing into chili.

    Fall at our house means pumpkin, squash and ‘throw everything into a crockpot and call it supper”

  9. I think fall = soups, but I would totally try and squeeze chili under than category as well! I haven’t made chili in a while and am kinda intrigued by this whole PB thing you got going on. Starting the trend ;)

  10. What a crazy combination! Not sure if I’m brave enough to try it.
    Fall equals soups and stews for me, including chili of course. My favorite chili variation contains sweet potatoes! I’m on a kick and add them to (almost) everything. Somebody stop me!

  11. I LOVE chili! That definitely screams fall to me. So does pumpkin (and all the other varieties of yummy winter squash).

    I also add cocoa powder to my chili–I refer to it as my secret ingredient. But I’ve never thought to add peanut butter. Very interesting! Good idea!