Hans Gissinger
Hands-On Time
50 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 30 Mins
Serves 16

How to Make It

Step 1

Divide the oil between 2 large pots and heat over medium heat. Divide the onions, bell peppers, and garlic between the pots and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 12 to 15 minutes.

Step 2

Divide the beef between the pots, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until it’s no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes. Divide the tomato paste, chili powder, and cumin between the pots and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes.

Step 3

Divide the tomatoes (with their juices), beans, and chocolate between the pots. To each pot, add 1 cup water, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 25 to 30 minutes. Dividing evenly between the pots, stir in the vinegar.

Step 4

To eat tonight: Dig in!

Step 5

To freeze and reheat later: Freeze the chili in four 2-quart or eight 1-quart freezer-safe containers for up to 3 months. To reheat, thaw the chili and cook, covered, in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until heated through, 15 to 20 minutes.

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