Chocolate Chili (Foodservice portion)

Recipe Courtesy of the Mushroom Council and adapted from MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better, by Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.


Lighten up comfort food with this mushroom chili that swaps out some of the beef with meaty mushrooms.

Yield: 24 servings

Serving size: 1 1/4 cup


1 1/2 pounds white button mushrooms
1 1/2 pounds cremini mushrooms
8 teaspoons canola oil
2 pounds 93% lean ground beef
16 cloves garlic, peeled and chopped (about 1/3 cup)
4 medium onions, peeled and chopped
4 green or red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
4 (16-ounce) cans reduced-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
4 (16-ounce) cans reduced-sodium red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (10-pound) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained (about 13 cups)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa (optional)


1. Chop mushrooms into ¼-inch pieces

2. Heat canola oil in large pot over medium heat.  Add mushrooms, beef, garlic, onion and peppers and cook 8 to 10 minutes or until meat is cooked through and onion is translucent, breaking meat into very small bits. Season with freshly ground black pepper.

3. Stir in the beans, tomatoes (and their juice), cumin, and cocoa. Heat to boiling. Then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 10 to 15 minutes.

Tip: Garnish with your favorite chili toppings such as cumin, oregano, and jalapeno peppers. This recipe can also be made with 100% ground turkey breast meat.

Nutrition Facts:

Calories: 230; Total Fat: 5 g; Saturated Fat: 2 g; Cholesterol: 24 mg; Sodium: 309 mg; Carbohydrate: 31 mg; Dietary Fiber: 10 g; Protein: 18 g

Family portion


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