This gluten free chili also goes by the name of “Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili” in my house. Both my husband and I went to the University of Texas at Austin and every year they have the Annual Texas Chili Showdown. We went to the one in 2015 and I was very sad to find out that most of the chili recipes had gluten in them, in the form of beer, soy sauce and flour. I have been on a quest ever since to perfect my chili recipe. There was one chili that I voted for, 1) because it was one of two that were actually gluten free and 2) because it had an amazingly different flavor, which I learned was cocoa powder. I then modified my recipe with cocoa powder too, hence how “Claire’s Cocoa Loco Chili” got it’s name.
Now if you’re freaking out right now because I said there is cocoa powder in my recipe, calm down….you don’t taste chocolate, it just adds a richer full-bodied flavor to the chili that enhances the other spices and ingredients. I do put beans in my chili, so this wouldn’t qualify as Texas chili which doesn’t have beans and I use Lysander’s Original Chili Seasoning (link below) as a shortcut.… Read Full Post