Chocolate American Lamb Chili

June 17, 2022

Recipe provided by Chocolate Lamb Chili - Decadent Lamb Chili with Dark Chocolate (, courtesy of the American Lamb Board (Chocolate American Lamb Chili | American Lamb).

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 45 mins


2 tbsp Ghee or extra virgin olive oil

2 lbs American lamb stew meat cut into small bite sized pieces

Kosher salt & pepper

1 Medium yellow onion, chopped

3 cloves Garlic, minced

1 tbsp Chili powder

2 tsp Coriander

2 tbsp Cacao powder (regular or unsweetened)

1 1/2 tsp Cumin

1/2 tsp Cinnamon

1/4 tsp Nutmeg

1 Bay leaf

1 cup Beef or lamb broth

2 tbsp Tomato paste

28 ounces Diced tomatoes

15 ounces Canned kidney beans or mixture of kidney, black or pinto (x2)

2 ounces Bittersweet chocolate, chopped

Fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and or sliced avocado for serving


1Add 1 tablespoon ghee to a large pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat.

2Season lamb with salt and pepper then add to the pot and cook until browned. Remove from pot with a slotted spoon, drain excess liquid, and return pot to the stove.

3Add remaining tablespoon of ghee to the pot. Place onions and garlic in the pot, cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes.

4Add the spice mixture, bay leaf, cacao powder, and tomato paste. Stir until combined and cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.

5Transfer the browned lamb back into the pot and stir to combine.

6 Stir in the diced tomatoes and broth, bring the mixture to a simmer then lower the heat and cook with the lid on but slightly askew for 30 minutes.

7Remove lid, add the beans and chocolate, stir to combine and cook for another 5 minutes until the chocolate is melted and beans are warmed through.

8Remove bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.

9Serve with fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, and or avocado.