Chocolate Chile Tacos

These chocolate chile tacos are a spicy and chocolaty combination that make for a delicious spin on taco night.

Yesterday morning I awoke to a twitter notification on my phone from a doctor (or at least that’s what his twitter handle claims) basically calling last week’s sweet potato bacon biscuits unhealthy.

Now, I can totally take criticism. It may not always be pretty, but I can take it. However, when it comes from someone saying that wheat and white flour are not good choices when referring to a recipe that has neither of those things in it, I get pissy. Do your damn homework and read the recipe before critiquing it, thank you very much.

A few back and forths (because I’m that person that argues over social media and enjoys it) and the final statement from Dr. Wax was “sorry about the error but still not healthy w/ bacon, butter & sweet potato. Sat fat & starchy carbs are delicious poison”.

Chocolate chile tacos

And that’s where I decided to end the little game we had going on because obviously there’s just nothing to be said to someone who equates a sweet potato to poison.

The McDonald’s shamrock shake (totally disgusting btw – but try my healthier shamrock smoothie instead if you really need your St. Patrick’s Day fix) I tasted for the first time yesterday? Yeah, that I could see as qualifying, but not a freaking sweet potato.

All of which leads me to wonder what the doc would say about this one.

chile tacos with chocolate

Tacos with chocolate.

Clearly, we might all die if we eat it. I mean, I did use meat with 15% fat and coconut oil and, gasp…chocolate!

Oh, the idiots that inhabit the internet. There’s just so many.

Spicy chocolate chile tacos

As for the recipe, the spice from the chiles with the chocolate is a totally unexpected combination. It definitely livens things up and gives a fun dimension to the meat.

So if you’re willing to risk your life eating a taco, I highly suggest it be these.

And if you’d do things a little more low-carb, high volume – try these chocolate chili stuffed spaghetti squash using this recipe for the beef!

Chocolate Chile Tacos

Chocolate Chile Tacos

Yield: 3-4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

These chocolate chile tacos are a spicy and chocolaty combination that make for a delicious spin on taco night.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1lb. ground beef
  • 7oz. can green chiles
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt


  1. Heat the coconut oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Once hot, add the shallots and saute for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, until fragrant.
  4. Add the beef, breaking it up with a spatula and cook until browned, about 5 minutes.
  5. Once beef is browned, add chiles and tomato paste and stir until combined.
  6. Add the remaining spices, stir until combined and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat, serve in taco shells or tortillas with desired toppings.


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  1. Jan @ J Cooks Healthy

    That is all kind of crazy! Sweet potato is like my go to healthier carb vegetable. Yep I agree sometimes it is better to cut your losses when you know someone just isn’t going to change their mind.

    Chocolate and chilli such a different combination looks really yummy though

  2. Kathryn

    What an idiot…

    Chocolate sounds pretty darn incredible in these tacos – I bet they are just so rich and flavourful.

  3. Jo (livingmintgreen)

    HAHAHA amazing. I can’t believe some Drs are still preaching the saturated fat myth. I can only imagine the sleep they’re losing over how many people are putting butter in their coffee now. I’m making tacos this wk & I’m totally going to try cocoa in them- YUM.

  4. Marilyn

    Definitely pinning this! I’ve had chocolate chili before and love mole sauce (with chocolate in it) so I’m sure this will be a hit. Thanks for the inspiration.

  5. Alicia

    Of all the food bloggers out there, I can understand why the doc attacked your recipe.

    You are constantly bombarding us with things like deep fried twinkies stuffed with snickers bars wrapped in bacon and then baked into a sheet cake slathered in fudge frosting.

    The sweet potato was just overkill.

    Oh wait… what?

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      hahaha. At first I read this and was like “wtf?” then I got the sarcasm ;) No shit, right?

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  7. Tara

    I made these for dinner last week and loved the flavor combination! My husband usually doesn’t like chocolate and he still enjoyed these. Thanks!

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  11. Adrian Quintana

    I don’t care about anybody who wants to play I-know-better-than-everybody food critic. I made this tonight, and I’m going to add it to my list of meals to make regularly. Freakin’ awesome!!! Thank you for putting this online.


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