For a savory dish to round out all the sweets, chili with chocolate is a unique but incredibly comforting meal. Dark chocolate pairs perfectly with spicy chili, accenting its heat with a touch of earthy sweetness. Serve with a skillet of whole-grain cornbread.
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Chipotle Chili Recipe With Chocolate
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound beef stew meat or ground beef (preferably grassfed)
1 poblano pepper, chopped
1 bell pepper (use red, yellow or orange for interest), chopped
1 large red onion
2 cloves garlic, minced finely
1 1/2 cups water
1 pouch (1 1/4 ounces) chili seasonings (Chili Man)
1 can organic black beans, rinsed and drained
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) fire roasted diced tomatoes (Muir Glen)
1 can (14 1/2 ounces) fire roasted crushed tomatoes (Muir Glen)
1 to 2 peppers extracted from can of chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced (use two if you like extra spicy chili)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons bittersweet (60-percent cacao) chocolate chips, divided
Juice from 1 lime
In 6-quart Dutch oven, heat olive oil. In batches, sear meat on all sides. Transfer to plate. Add a little more olive oil to pot, and sauté peppers and onion for a few minutes. Add garlic, and cook for 1 minute.
Add water and chili seasoning, and cook for 1 minute, stirring well to mix. Add beans, tomatoes, chipotle pepper, and 1/4 cup chocolate pieces. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, for 45 minutes, stirring often.
Remove from heat and stir in remaining chocolate and lime juice. Serve garnished with sour cream, cilantro and lime wedges. Yields 6 to 8 servings.