We’ve already seen how dark chocolate can elevate a chili and give it more depth of flavor. Well, cocoa powder can work just as well, and without the need for any extra stirring or melting action. You can just sprinkle your cocoa powder into your chili along with the rest of your spices.
In particular, this is a key ingredient in Katie Lee Biegel’s chili. You’ve heard of Texas chili, of course, but you haven’t tried true West Virginia-style chili until you’ve sampled this recipe. And one of the best parts of it is that it’s easy to make, despite the long list of ingredients it calls for. In fact, all you have to do is set your stock pot on the stove and dump in the tomato sauce, tomato paste, onions, chili powder, sugar, kosher salt, cinnamon, cumin, garlic salt, allspice, pepper, cayenne pepper, cloves, bay leaves, water, and of course the famous cocoa powder. Flip your ground beef into the pan straight from the package, without evening browning it first, and you’re practically done. You just need to simmer the brew for about two and a half hours and the flavors will take care of themselves.