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February 22, 2013

Chilli Con Carne Soup

Chili Con Carne Soup ~ the Ultimate comfort food with a bite ! #Soup #ChiliConCarne #ChiliSoup

A Few days ago I was paging through one of my recipe books and my eye caught this recipe.  Seeing as it is still Summer in South-Africa, it was not really what I was looking for, but it stuck in my head for a couple of days.

I am not one to stick to seasonal dishes, if I am in the mood for soup on a hot day, then that's what we'll have, or in the middle of Winter I might be in the mood for a cold beefed up salad.

Anyhow, what drew me to this particular recipe was the use of chocolate or cocoa.  The addition of chocolate gives it a rich and very flavorsome taste.

Of course, when I mentioned the chocolate part to Roy, his reaction was more on his face than his words! I could see he wasn't looking forward to this meal. But ha!  All of them loved it {but after seeing Roy's face, I thought it better not to mention the cocoa, which I used, to the boys until afterwards...}

Chilli Con Carne Soup

{slightly adapted by me from the recipe book LEKKER VINNIGE ETES}

2 Onions, chopped
4 t Garlic, crushed
2 TB Oil
500g Ground Lean Beef {Mince}
2 x cans (400g each) Red Kidney Beans, drained & rinsed
2 x cans (400g each) Mexican style Chopped Tomatoes
1 liter Beefstock
1 t Crushed Dried Chillies  {or 2-3 fresh chopped chillies}
Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
6 cubes of dark Chocolate or 2 TB Cocoa Powder dissolved in 2 TB hot water

1.) Saute the Onion and Garlic in the Oil, using a large pot, until soft - add the Ground Beef and stir-fry until loose and cooked.
2.) Add the Red Kidney Beans, Tomatoes, Beefstock and Chillies - simmer over low heat for 30 minutes.
3.) Season with Salt & Pepper to taste {careful - the Beefstock is already salty} and add the chocolate or cocoa - simmer a further 15 minutes.

I served this soup with a freshly baked Herb & Cheese {mix-'n-bake} bread which you can find HERE

Hope you enjoy!


  1. I love - I mean love - chili :) This looks like a great variation - pinned to try!

  2. Stopping by from Week-end Potluck~ This recipe looks great! Can't wait to try it! Stop by for a visit sometime:) Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines, now following on GFC~

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  4. I've been wanting to try chocolate in soup. I haven't been brave enough. I may just try it this time! Pinning!

  5. I hope you share this tomorrow, TX is the state and chili is their dish (hint, hint)
    Looks delicious!
    Wanda Ann @

  6. It is so chilly outside. This is perfect.

  7. This looks absolutely scrumptious!

  8. Linda - chocolate - who would have thought! Thanks for linking in to Food on Friday. Cheers

  9. Linda,
    Thank you again for sharing your chili at Memories by the Mile. I featured you today. Can't wait to see what you bring next Tuesday.
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

  10. Perfect for the cold weather! We'd love for you to link this up at our party!

  11. Yum! THis looks perfect for my New England Winter (especially this one!) I love a good bowl of hearty soup and this looks fantastic! Would love for you to come visit my blog....I'm your newest follower! Will be back soon!

  12. Your Chili would taste so good on this cold winter day, really warm us up. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  13. Thanks for sharing the recipe, Take care, Linda

  14. I love to use cocoa powder in recipes. It gives it such depth of flavor. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.


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