12 Savory Chocolate Recipes

It's for more than brownies and cakes

Though chocolate is known as a key sweet ingredient, essential for rich and decadent desserts, you shouldn't limit it to the end of the meal—when incorporated in small quantities, chocolate lends silkiness and complexity to a myriad of savory preparations. From a creamy white chocolate-spiked baba ghannouj to a beef and bean chili that calls on three different types of chocolate, these 12 revelatory recipes will make you see chocolate in a whole new light.

Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
Cocoa-Rubbed Baby Back Ribs
It's a lucky rack of ribs that meets this rub: Warm spices like cinnamon, allspice, and ginger get a depth charge from cocoa powder and bit of heat from fiery mustard powder.Yossy Arefi
White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
White Chocolate Baba Ghannouj
The famously smoky Middle Eastern eggplant puree reaches new heights of smoothness with the inclusion of white chocolate, which compliments the nutty flavor of tahini and the delicate spice of fresh garlic and paprika.Yossy Arefi
Triple Chocolate Beef & Bean Chili
Triple Chocolate Beef & Bean Chili
Cocoa powder and semisweet chocolate lend darkness and depth to this hearty chili, rounded out with the complex bitterness of chocolate stout beer.Yossy Arefi
Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce
Charred Cauliflower and Shishito Peppers with Picada Sauce
Picada is a Catalan-style pesto, made here with almonds, parsley, and chocolate—a surprise ingredient that adds a pleasing touch of bitterness to this delicious side dish.Joseph De Leo
Turkey in Mole Poblano
Turkey in Mole Poblano
In this recipe from Rick Bayless, juicy turkey breast is braised in a sauce of 11 chiles and spices, plus a host of aromatics that lend deep authentic flavor.Todd Coleman
Chocolate Barbecue Sauce
Chocolate Barbecue Sauce
A smooth, spicy-sweet barbecue sauce gets even richer thanks to the inclusion of a small amount of chocolate. We love it basted onto chicken as it grills, or painted atop a classic meatloaf.Yossy Arefi
Gascon-Style Beef Stew (Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne)
Gascon-Style Beef Stew (Daube de Boeuf À la Gasconne)
A rich beef and root vegetable stew is made with armagnac, chocolate and, traditionally, Madiran wine. We use pinot noir instead for a lighter, more nuanced version.Penny De Los Santos
Pork in Red Chile Sauce
Asado de Bodas (Pork in Red Chile Sauce)
Chunks of pork are stewed together with the bold flavors of Mexican chocolate and piquant chiles in this sumptuous stew.Todd Coleman
Enchiladas
Enchiladas
Our enchiladas aren't baked; they're simply drenched in a rich sauce made with fruity dried chiles and rich mexican chocolate, rolled, and eaten right away.Todd Coleman
Chicken with Puebla-Style Mole Sauce
Pollo en Mole Poblano (Chicken with Puebla-Style Mole Sauce)
Mexico's most iconic mole, this preparation marries mulato, ancho, and pasilla chiles with warm spices and Mexican chocolate to create a velvety smooth sauce ideal for spooning over chicken.Todd Coleman
Chile Ancho Sopa de Chocolate
Chile Ancho Sopa de Chocolate
Inspired by Mexico's robust moles, this smooth soup—made with blackened peppers, onions, and tomatoes, and enriched with semisweet chocolate—is served with an array of garnishes.Yossy Arefi
Eggplant Caponata
Eggplant Caponata
A classic Italian eggplant dish sweetened with caramelized onions and raisins gets its rich flavor from a surprising ingredient: grated chocolate.Todd Coleman