Smoky Chipotle Chilli

This smoky chilli is the epitome of comfort food. It’s rich, savoury and spicy, perfect for chilly evenings. I love making a big batch at the weekend and storing it in the fridge and/or freezer to enjoy throughout the week. You can eat it as is, topped with your favourite toppings, in a  burger, on oven chips… the possibilities are endless!

  • Author: zenak
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 90 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


  • olive oil
  • 500g beef mince
  • 150g chorizo, diced
  • 1 red onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp chipotle paste
  • 1 tbsp mild chilli powder
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • 400g crushed tinned tomatoes
  • 400ml good-quality beef stock
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 15g dark chocolate (60% cocoa), grated


  1. Heat a splash of olive oil in a large saucepan set over a medium-high heat. Add the beef mince, breaking it up with a wooden spoon or potato masher (it works surprisingly well!). Cook until browned then transfer to a bowl.
  2. Wipe out the saucepan then set it over medium heat. Add a teaspoon or two of olive oil as well as the diced chorizo. Cook for 5 minutes, or until the fat has rendered out and the chorizo is beginning to crisp, then add the onion and cook until softened.
  3. Add the garlic, chipotle paste, mild chilli powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin and ground cinnamon and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute, then add the tinned tomatoes, beef stock, sugar and dried bay leaves.
  4. Season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer over medium-heat, then reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing is sticking to the bottom of the saucepan. If the chilli starts to dry out before the beef is tender, add a little bit of stock or water.
  5. Stir in the dark chocolate, then cover and let sit for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the salt level to your liking, then serve and enjoy!


For a more traditional, Texas-style chilli, why not try my Texas-Style Chilli con Carne.

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