Monday, June 27, 2011

Chipotle Chocolate Chili

The author says that the chocolate in the chili "just adds richness and depth in a very short amount of cooking time," and I agree! This chili has a very unique flavor, and we all really enjoyed it. My husband LOVED it, despite the chocolate/vegetable combo!

1-2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 pound lean ground turkey or beef (I used turkey)
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
2 tablespoons chili powder
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
2 (15-oz) cans diced tomatoes (I don't like tomatoes, so I blended them before adding, and it worked great!)
2 (14.5-oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 (15-oz) can beef broth
Chipotle sauce (from a 7 oz can of chipotle chilis) (I couldn't find this, so I just used a 7-oz can of chopped green chilies, and added some chilis and whatever juice I could get out of it)
2-3 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 oz unsweetened chocolate (1/2 unsweetened baking cube), chopped. (optional: use to taste; be careful, because too much will make your chili bitter)
Chopped green onions, sour cream, or shredded sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish, optional.

1. Heat olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Saute onion, garlic, bell pepper, and ground turkey or beef until meat is cooked through. Add salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, brown sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, tomatoes, beans, and beef broth. Add all of the chipotle sauce from a can of chipotle chilis. Heat to boiling and then reduce to a simmer (uncovered), stirring occasionally, until thickened as desired (about 30-40 minutes).
2. If desired, add some chopped chipotle chilis. Stir in vinegar. Add chopped chocolate a small amount at a time until desired richness is reached. If necessary, add more vinegar to cut the sweetness of the chili.
3. When thickened and seasoned as desired, serve with chopped onions or green onions, sour cream and cheddar cheese.

Kudos to: Our Best Bites cookbook!

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