Thursday, February 2, 2012

Chocolate Chili

This recipe is a nice deviation from the typical spicy and acidic chili.  It is smooth, smoky and mellow.  The chocolate adds a depth to the flavor without overwhelming it.

1 Tbsp olive oil
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
2 green bell peppers, diced
6-8 roma tomatoes, diced
4 cans of chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
4 cans of kidney beans
4 cups veggie stock
2 Tbsp cumin
a dash of cayenne or chipotle chili powder (optional...will add some heat)
1 1/2 - 2 ounces of bittersweet chocolate

optional toppings:
hot sauce
 lime wedges

Heat oil over medium heat, in a large dutch oven or stock pot.  Add in onions and garlic, cook for about 5 minutes.  Add in bell pepper and cook an additional 3 minutes.  Toss in the diced tomatoes, beans, spices, s/p and veggie stock.  Bring to a boil and then turn it down to a simmer.  To speed up the cooking process, boil uncovered until veg stock is absorbed.  If time allows, cover and let simmer for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally.  At the last minute before serving, add in the bittersweet chocolate and stir until melted and fully incorporated.

1 comment:

  1. Absolutely delicious! I made this for the Super Bowl and the whole family loved it. I added about 2 c. of diced sweet potatoes with the beans, etc. I was short of time and used the boil-down method, so I steamed the potatoes before adding. They helped thicken the chili and added a subtle sweetness which complemented the chocolate. Thanks for sharing.