Slow-Cooker Mole Chili

The rich bitterness of cocoa balances the lively zest from salsa and chipotle chili powder in this classic Mexican chili.

  • Prep Time 30 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

Ingredients

1 1/2
lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
2
medium onions, chopped (1 cup)
6
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1
can (28 oz) diced or whole (coarsely chopped) tomatoes, undrained
1
jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa
2
cans (15 to 16 oz each) pinto beans, undrained
2
tablespoons unsweetened baking cocoa
1
tablespoon chili powder
2
teaspoons smoked paprika
2
teaspoons ground cumin
1
to 2 teaspoons chipotle chili powder
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/8
teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2
cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 In 12-inch skillet, cook beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat 5 to 7 minutes, stirring frequently, until beef is thoroughly cooked; drain.
  • 2 In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, mix beef mixture and remaining ingredients except cilantro.
  • 3 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 7 to 8 hours. Top individual servings with cilantro.

Expert Tips

Adjust the heat level by choosing mild, medium or hot salsa or ranging the level of chipotle chili powder.

Mole is a spicy Mexican sauce made with a blend of onions, garlic, a mixture of chiles and Mexican chocolate. To duplicate Mexican chocolate, this recipe contains cinnamon and cocoa powder for richness without sweetness.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (1 3/4 Cup)
Calories
460
(
Calories from Fat
130),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
14g
14%
(Saturated Fat
5g,
5%
Trans Fat
1g
1%
),
Cholesterol
70mg
70%;
Sodium
1190mg
1190%;
Total Carbohydrate
50g
50%
(Dietary Fiber
14g
14%
  Sugars
8g
8%
),
Protein
33g
33%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
35%;
Vitamin C
15%;
Calcium
15%;
Iron
40%;
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 3 1/2 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
3
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.