By popular demand, here's my crock pot recipe for Chocolate Espresso Chili:
1 lb ground beef (ground round)
2 14-oz cans of chili beans (w/ chili seasoning optional)
2 14-oz cans of diced tomatoes
2 8-oz cans of tomato sauce
1 16-oz jar of chunky salsa
1 white onion, diced
1 milk chocolate bar (43g)
2 1.5-oz shots of espresso
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground paprika
1. Brown the ground beef and onion in large skillet and drain.
2. In a crock pot, combine the ground beef and onions, beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, salsa, chocolate bar, espresso, chili powder and paprika.
3. Cook on low for 8 hours (or on high for 4 hours if you need it sooner). Stir occasionally.
4. Serve. I like chili with cheddar cheese, corn chips and sour cream on top.
I've found the chocolate makes the chili a little sweet, the espresso adds a bit of smoky richness and the paprika becomes a subtly smooth taste that blends in nicely.
The crock pot makes this one easy to make and kinda forget until it's time to eat, especially handy if you need something ready to eat after work.
To reduce calories/fat, swap out the beef for chicken or veggie crumblers.
If you make this recipe, leave a comment and let me know how you like it.