Cocoa Chili


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Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 (28 ounce) can whole tomatoes, undrained and cut up
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 4 pounds lean ground beef
  • 2 cups coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons Hershey's cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 4 to 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cold water

Instructions

  1. In a 2-gallon kettle, combine water, undrained tomatoes and tomato juice. Begin cooking over medium heat.
  2. Meanwhile, in skillet, melt shortening; add beef and onion-tomato mixture.
  3. Add garlic, bay leaves, chili powder, cocoa, oregano, cumin, sugar, salt and cayenne. Heat to boiling. Reduce heat; simmer 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Add additional water if chili gets too thick during cooking.
  4. About 30 minutes before chili is done, add cilantro.
  5. Mix flour with 1/3 cup water; add to chili. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until chili is thickened.

Yields 3 to 4 quarts.

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