Super Bowl Chili

January 31, 2014
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS

Award-winning nutritionist and New York Times bestselling author.

super bowl chiliWarm Up for the Game!

The gang’s all coming to your house for Super Bowl Sunday this year.  Regardless of who’s a Denver or Seattle fan, everyone will be cheering for Super Bowl Chili.  You’re sure to win big with this one!! And, use it time and again for potlucks, tailgates, and hearty family gatherings.

Making this Super Bowl a truly memorable occasion (pun intended) is the chili’s secret ingredient…unsweetened cocoa powder! It’s a deliciously rich source of flavanols so good for your cardiovascular system. Plus, cocoa is high in magnesium, a mineral essential for heart health that is also calming, which may be a good thing for those overexcited fans.

Just a tablespoon or two of cocoa powder will really help to kick up flavor, somewhat similar to an authentic Mexican mole poblano sauce.


Super Bowl Chili

Makes about 8 servings

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 pounds grass-fed stew beef, cut into cubes
1 medium yellow onion, diced
1 15-ounce can green chilies
2 cloves garlic, mashed
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 medium jalapeno, diced
1 10.5-ounce can unsalted tomato puree
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 ½ teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
3 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed
Sea salt

  1. Place the oil in an oven-proof skillet on the stove top and brown meat. Add onions, green chilies, garlic, red pepper, and jalapeno and sauté until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add tomato puree and chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, and cocoa powder.  Bring to a simmer.
  3. Cover the pot and place it in a 325 degree Fahrenheit oven and cook for 1 ½ to 2 hours until meat is tender. Stir occasionally and add water if it gets too thick.
  4. Add beans and return to oven for 15 minutes. Salt to taste. The chili serves up nicely with a large salad, enjoy!


Before you dive into the chili, try this pre-game starter:

Avocado-Cilantro DipAvocado-Cilantro Dip

Serve this tasty dip with some cruncy jicama, carrots, cucumbers, or celery sticks.

Makes about 2 cups

2 large ripe avocados, peeled, pitted, and mashed
½ cup scallions, finely chopped
½ cup cilantro, chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
4 medium tomatoes, seeded and finely chopped
1 teaspoon ground cumin
4-6 drops of hot sauce, such as Tabasco
Sea salt to taste
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Place avocado in a large bowl and mash. Blend in scallions, cilantro, lemon juice, tomatoes, cumin, hot sauce, and sea salt. Pour in oil and blend, using a wooden spoon. Serve with veggie dippers.


Last but not least, let’s take a poll – Broncos or Seahawks? Post a comment with your pick!

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Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, is an award-winning New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty books including The Fat Flush Plan series and her latest book, Radical Metabolism. She’s been rewriting the rules of nutrition for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the field of diet, detox and women’s health issues. 

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  1. Janine

    what phase is the chili and the avocado cilantro dip consider? I am doing the 1 month of smoothies and I am on the week when I eat two meals a day and next week back on the 2 smoothies a day.

    • Team ALG

      Hi Janine, The avocado dip would be considered Phase 3 friendly. If you must indulge, do so moderately, but this is definitely one of the healthier Super Bowl snack ideas that we’ve seen!

    • liz

      The chili is phase 3 because of the beans

  2. Janine

    And of course, hands down. B*R*O*N*C*O*S ! ! !

    after all, this is the year of the horse!!

  3. Kate devany

    Manning and the Bronco’s!!!!

  4. Emily

    Yeah! I was thinking the same thing.
    Happy Chinese New Year and GO BRONCOS!

  5. Dave

    For the best ongoing weight lose and overall good health be a Seahawks Fan!!!

  6. Sierra

    I’ve gotta give the SEAHAWKS some love!! We are LOUD and PROUD fans, after all!
    But ultimately, I think this chili and avo dip will unite our differences 🙂 Thanks, ALG!

  7. liz

    Both of these recipes sound delish! I can’t wait to make them. Thank you Ann Louise

  8. Colleen

    If I’m not eating beans, is there an alternative ingredient?

    • Team ALG

      You may simply omit the beans in that case. Lentils or quinoa may be an acceptable substitute if you’d like to experiment with either of those.

  9. Janine

    If you omit the bean and use lentils or quinoa, what is the amount? I really want to try this without sabotaging my success.


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