Chocolate Chili with Bacon (Gluten Free)

You heard it right, chocolate chili! I also threw in some bacon. I love to keep my guests guessing what the ingredients are in this chili. My daughter made a similar chocolate chili recipe, and she won an award for it. Unfortunately, for me, it contained tomatoes. Being allergic to tomatoes, I created my own chocolate chili recipe, gluten-free of course. You can top this chili with cheese and/or gluten free bacon bits. I over cook some bacon to garnish the top and then add additional juice from the chili on top. It gives it a nice sheen, yet leaves the crunch for added texture. This is yet another one of my no tomato chili recipes. Enjoy!

Chocolate Chili with Bacon (Gluten-Free)


Yield: 4 Servings

Chocolate Chili with Bacon (Gluten-Free)

The first time I heard of chocolate chili, I have to admit, I was very surprised. However, it is very tasty. I love to keep my guests guessing!


  • 1 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons oil (I used extra virgin olive oil)
  • 1 lb. ground beef or bison
  • 1-15 oz. can white beans (or kidney beans), drained and rinsed several times
  • 4 slices gluten free bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 3/4 cup gluten free chicken broth (I used O Organic's low-sodium chicken broth)
  • 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons chocolate (your favorite)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Bacon bits, homemade (optional topping)


  1. Preheat skillet with oil.
  2. Add onion and saute until almost tender.
  3. Add beef/bison and stir occasionally until brown.
  4. Add beans, bacon, seasonings and chicken broth; stir; bring to a boil; and simmer for about 15 -20 minutes.
  5. Add in chocolate; stir until melted. Add in additional chicken broth if you'd like more sauce.
  6. Top with homemade bacon bits and/or shredded cheese or cheese substitute if you're dairy-free.


For those on a gluten free dairy-free diet, Enjoy Life makes great gluten free dairy-free chocolate semi chocolate morsels.

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