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Test Kitchen Approved

Mexican Mole Beef Chili

Recipe By Darin Molnar


6 servings

Prep Time

20 Minutes

Cooking Time

30 Minutes

Recipe By Darin Molnar

This rich and hearty chili won Savory Spice Portland's 3rd Annual Chili Cook-Off.

Serving Suggestions

Garnish with sour cream, queso fresco, cilantro, red onion, and tortilla chips.


3 lbs. beef chuck roast, trimmed and cut into ¾-inch cubes

4 slices bacon, diced

1 red onion, diced

2 (15 oz.) cans dark red kidney beans, rinsed

1 (14.5 oz.) can diced tomatoes

1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 oz. dark chocolate

Savory Spice ingredients in this recipe

  • Salt & Pepper Tableside Seasoning

    Salt & Pepper Tableside Seasoning may seem like an obvious, simple one to always have on hand – but this salt and pepper mix is a Savory Spice ...

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  • Minced Garlic

    Garlic, native to Central Asia, quickly spread to the Mediterranean and now is cultivated and widely used all around the world. As it’s one of the ...

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  • Mexican Mole

    Mexican Mole can be complicated to make at home, but not with this blend. By taking care of the rehydrating, destemming, deseeding, and grinding of...

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  • Mild Chili Powder

    This widely used Mild Chili Powder seasoning is salt-free, garlicky, and earthy. It's perfect for cooking up a pot of comforting chili. Also great ...

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Step 1: Cook bacon and beef

Season beef chuck roast generously with Salt & Pepper Tableside Seasoning. Set aside. In a large pot over medium heat, cook bacon for 3 to 4 min. until golden brown and crispy. Transfer bacon to a medium bowl. In batches, add beef to pot in an even layer and sear on all sides. Transfer beef to bowl with bacon.

Step 2: Combine and simmer

Add onion to the pot and cook for 5 to 6 min. until golden brown. Stir in garlic and cook for 30 seconds until fragrant. Add beef broth, kidney beans, tomatoes, Mexican Mole, Mild Chili Powder, apple cider vinegar, and reserved beef and bacon. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours until beef is fork-tender. Add dark chocolate and stir until melted. Season with additional salt & pepper to taste and serve warm with desired garnish.