Large elk and bean chili

Elk and Bean Chili

My father goes hunting in Colorado every year, and always come back with delicious elk meat for me to cook with. This is a great recipe for game meat or beef, whatever is available to you.

Yield: 8-10 Main Course Servings

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Elk and Bean Chili Recipe

Preparation Instructions

Heat the oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and saute until tender, about 8 minutes. Add the garlic and continue to cook until fragrant, about 2 more minutes.

Mix in the cocoa powder, half of the chili powder and cumin, and the oregano. Cook 1 minute.

Add the elk (or other meat) and cook until browned, about 7-10 minutes. Mix in tomatoes and honey. Bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add beans, water, salt, chipotle, cinnamon and other half of the chili powder and cumin. Bring to boil over high heat and then reduce to medium and simmer uncovered until it thinkens slightly, about 20 minutes. Stir often.

Season with salt. Can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool slightly before serving or refrigerating. You can also freeze it for future use.

Yield: 8-10 Main Course Servings
Helpful Hints

Assorted toppings go well with this chili: sour cream, chopped fresh cilantro, green onions, shredded cheeses, diced hot peppers, and shaved bittersweet chocolate.


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betty c

I have never heard of cocoa used in chili, please someone explain what flavoring use this is, I am making elk chili today.

Chris B

Cocoa (or Baker's chocolate) and cinnamon are two of the major spices in authentic Cincinnati-style chili. They adds a little different flavor, a little more complexity. This chili tastes different, but has some commonalities in flavor. Cincy chili was created by Greek immigrants, making me wonder if the author of this chili recipe is from the Mediterranean...or from Cincinnati.

Brian C

Cocoa helps bring out the flavor more. It's great.


Very easy, very good..