How to Cook Heaven 'N Hell Chocolate Jalapeño Chili

by Amber Brucker

Wait - chocolate liquor and hot cocoa mix? In a chili? Yes please!


  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable oil
  • 2 Pounds Ground buffalo or extra lean hamburger
  • 2 Large sweet onions, finely chopped
  • 3 Fresh jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1 1.25oz package chili seasoning mix
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons Powdered chocolate drink mix
  • 3 Drops hot sauce (or more, if you like)
  • 2 28oz cans crushed or chopped tomatoes, with juice
  • 2 8oz cans tomato sauce
  • 1 28oz can dark red kidney beans (or 2 15oz cans)
  • 1 28oz can light red kidney beans (or 2 15oz cans)
  • ½ Cups Chocolate liquor
  • 1 4.5oz can chopped green chiles, drained
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Some of the best cookbooks I have are actually from Marlboro. This book is called "Marlboro Chili Roundup: Flavor It Up". This was 50 winning chili recipes from thousands that came in.

    Step 2

    This recipe, Heaven 'n Hell Chocolate Jalapeño Chili, comes from Duane A. Souder from Warner NH. I've made it several times for family and work events; it's always a big hit.

    Step 3

    Gather your ingredients!

    Step 4

    And your tools!

    Step 5

    This thing too!

    Step 6

    Chop your onions. I use Walla Walla Sweet onions. If you have one of these handy choppers, I recommend it, but you don't have to use it.

    Step 7

    All the onions! I should actually have more, but this year's batch of onions are on the smallish side.

    Step 8

    I wasn't happy with the jalapeños available to me. They should all be the size of the one on the right, and they shouldn't be this beat up.

    Step 9

    Deseed your jalapeños by cutting off the stem and halving them, then take a spoon and scrape them out.

    Step 10

    All clean!

    Step 11

    Chopped up. Oh, WASH YOUR HANDS. Right now. And don't touch your eyeballs or delicate bits until you've washed them like doctor preparing for surgery. I'm speaking from experience. On both counts.

    Step 12

    So dump your chili mix into a tiny bowl.

    Step 13

    Measure out your hot cocoa mix.

    Step 14

    Add the hot cocoa mix to the chili mix. Yes really.

    Step 15

    Mix it together!

    Step 16

    Smells really nice. For reals, yo.

    Step 17

    Open ALL the things! Actually you can wait on the can of chiles, because they get added later, but I was super excited.

    Step 18

    Drain and rinse the beans. They are starchy and you don't want the extra starch in your chili.

    Step 19

    All clean!

    Step 20

    Add your vegetable oil to your 8 quart stock pot and warm it over medium heat.

    Step 21

    Add your ground meat and onions. Mix them up. You don't need my fancy tool, anything you use for this usually is fine.

    Step 22

    Browning 50% complete.

    Step 23

    All browned! It's ok to have that liquid, don't strain it off. Buffalo, or in my case, extra lean ground beef, doesn't have a lot of fat, so the liquid didn't come from there. It came from the onions!

    Step 24

    Add the jalapeños.

    Step 25

    Mix it up, let it cook for a minute or so.

    Step 26

    Add your chocolate chili powder.

    Step 27

    I mix it in right here, because it smells good.

    Step 28

    Add your crushed or chopped tomatoes, and the tomato sauce.

    Step 29

    Beans, beans, the magic fruit.

    Step 30

    Just a touch of hot sauce if you like.

    Step 31

    Mix it all up.

    Step 32

    Turn the heat to simmer and cover it, but not tightly. Leave a space for steam to escape. Let it cook this way for 45 minutes, but stir it frequently.

    Step 33

    When the 45 minutes are up, add the chocolate liquor and let it cook like before for another 20 minutes.

    Step 34

    After the 20 minutes, add your can of diced chiles. I rarely ever drain them myself. Also, I just realized I got the hot ones. I usually get mild. Let it cook for about 5 more minutes.

    Step 35

    After all that, spoon it up and dish it out! I like it with cheddar cheese, but you can also use green onions, sour cream, or crackers.

    Step 36

    Thanks for reading my guide! Don't forget to ❤️ and follow! It makes me really happy! 😊 Let me know how this recipe works out for you!