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Chocolate Chili

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Ingredients for Chili Powder:

2 tablespoons smoky paprika

2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder

2 teaspoons oregano

1 ½ teaspoons cumin

1 ½ teaspoons garlic powder

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 lbs 85 percent lean ground beef

1 white onion

1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes

1 8-ounce can tomato paste

1 cup stout beer

1 cup chili beans

1 jalapeño, sliced into rings

1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded

In a large skillet, brown the ground beef and drain; transfer to a big pot or crockpot.  In the same skillet, cook the onion till translucent and add to the pot. Then add the chili powder mixture, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, beer, and beans. Stir and simmer for a few hours. Serve warm, garnishing with cheese and jalapeños.

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