Chocolate Chili – Freezer Cooking For The Holidays

Save time and your sanity by using freezer meals for your upcoming holiday meals – Today’s Holiday Spice Chili Freezer Recipe or known by children as chocolate chili  from Mom’s Budget   can be made ahead and placed in the freezer ready to serve during your holiday  or pre-holiday celebrations.

Kids often refer to this holiday chili as chocolate chili as one of the ingredients is cocoa.  It also consist of cinnamon and allspice which reminds us of the Christmas season.

The recipe below comes from Mom;s Budget and is a double/triple recipe, so it makes enough for 2 x 6 servings or 3 x 4 servings.

Holiday Spice Chili Freezer


2 lb ground beef
cooking oil (for browning ground beef)
2 large onions, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder (make sure there are no lumps)
2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground allspice
2 bay leaves
2 19-oz cans romano beans (rinsed and drained)
2 14-oz cans diced tomatoes (including juice)
1 14-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar


In a large skillet, brown ground beef with onion and garlic, until beef is no longer pink. Drain fat off, then add chili powder, cocoa, cinamom, salt, allspice and bay leaves to beef mixture and heat it for a minute or two, until spices are fragrant from the heat. Then add beans, diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, water and balsamic vinegar, stirring well. Bring chili to a boil, then reduce to a medium-low simmer, simmering for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sauce will thicken as it simmers. Remove bay leaves and allow to cool. Divide into two for six serving portions or divide into three for four serving portions (or in single serving sizes for lunches) and freeze in ziploc bags or freezer containers.

On cooking day: Remove from freeze and allow to defrost in fridge, or use the defrost setting on the microwave. Pour contents into a sauce pan and cook over medium to medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until heated through. Serve.

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