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Rich Chili Sin Carne with a Secret (Dark Chocolate)

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A rich and hearty chili sin carne to satisfy your taste buds

This vegetarian chili sin carne of the classic ‘con carne’ is bursting with flavour and loaded with nutritious ingredients. Given its blend of smoky, savoury, and spicy flavours, this recipe is sure to satisfy your cravings and is the perfect rich and hearty meal for colder days.

This recipe is perfect for a weekday dinner since it’s mainly based on canned foods and requires very little effort. All you gotta do is chop onion, garlic, and bell pepper, and the rest will (almost) do itself. It’s also great to make ahead if you’re meal prepping. Just heat it up on a microwave or pot and you’re ready to go.

Chili sin carne is typically made with a variety of beans, such as kidney beans, black beans, or pinto beans, as well as tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers. We use kidney and black beans here, but you can use whatever you can find. You can also add other veggies, such as corn, to your chili.

You can easily make this a chili con carne

If you prefer the meaty version, or simply want a recipe you can adapt for veggy or meat-lovers alike – no problem. You can add ground meat after frying the onion and garlic, and make sure it is well cooked before adding the remaining ingredients. To make sure you still have the hearty and spicy experience, reduce the amount of beans proportionate to the amount of meat you add.

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Spicing it up with dark chocolate gives you extra rich flavors

To spice things up, this chili contains one very special ingredient: dark chocolate. It’s actually a quite common ingredient in Mexican dishes, and we have to agree, it’s a game changer!

Why not give this flavorful and nutritious dish a try today? Your taste buds (and body) will thank you!

Chili Sin Carne

A good Chili should only be two things: easy to make and packed with flavours. That's what we aimed for with this vegetarian recipe.
Since it's mainly based on canned foods, it requires very little effort. The mix of spices combined with a piece of dark chocolate make this recipe a classic go-to for every season. Serve with rice, nachos and sour cream – yummy!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Cooling time10 minutes
Total Time40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chili, Chili sin carne, Chili with dark chocolate, easy recipes, Vegetarian chili
Servings: 4 people


  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 250 ml veggie broth 1 cube dissolved in 250 ml water
  • 400 g diced tomatoes about 1 can
  • 400 g kidney beans about 1 can
  • 400 g black beans about 1 can
  • 15 g dark chocolate at least 90%, sugar-free


  • 1 tsp paprika heaped
  • 1 tsp ground cumin heaped
  • ½ tsp chili


  • Finely chop one onion and 2 garlic cloves. Chop the bell pepper into small cubes.
  • Pour some oil in a large pot and fry onion and garlic for 4-5 minutes or until translucent. Add paprika powder, ground cumin and chili and fry for another 4-5 minutes to let the flavours elaborate.
  • Add 250 ml veggie broth, canned diced tomatoes, beans, bell pepper and dark chocolate. Let it simmer for 20 minutes, and stir occasionally to make sure it doesn't burn. Let it sit for 10 minutes to cool down & enjoy!
  • Optional, but highly recommended: top with sour cream to balance flavours

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Made with love by Katja & Youssef | 2023