Dark Chocolate Vegetarian Chili


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Adding chocolate to your chili? Yes, you read the title correctly.  Did you know the polyphenols and flavonoids in chocolate can lower your risk of heart disease by 20% and keep LDL (Bad) cholesterol from oxidizing into an artery-damaging form?

Semisweet and dark chocolate have more beneficial compounds than other chocolates so toss in a healthy dose of antioxidants into your chili recipe.

Simply add a chunk of your favorite dark or semisweet chocolate (or 2/3 cups of chocolate chips) to your chili; continue to cook and  stir frequently until chocolate is completely dissolved.

Here’s a tasty Heart Healthy Chili recipe of mine that is perfect for a cold January day like today.

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz.) can green chilies
  • 7 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 red bell peppers, chopped
  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 (15 oz.) can Organic tomato sauce
  • 2 large fresh Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 4 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 Tbsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/8 tsp. allspice
  • 1/8 tsp. cloves
  • Sea salt and pepper, to taste
  • Optional Toppings: plain Greek yogurt, nutritional yeast, ground flax seeds

Directions

  • In a large stockpot over medium heat, add oil; let warm for about 1 minute.
  • Add green chilies, garlic, red bell peppers and onion; saute until onions are translucent.
  • Stir in chili powder, chocolate chips, cilantro, allspice and cloves.  Slowly add diced tomatoes and tomato sauce; simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Add all beans; continue to cook for another 25 minutes.
  • Transfer chili to bowls and serve warm;  season with sea salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Enjoy with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt and a sprinkle of nutritional yeast and ground flax seeds.


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3 Responses

  1. Very interesting. I just read a recipe for chocolate in chili the other day. I’m always looking for new chili recipes so thanks for posting!!

  2. This sounds amazing! And it’d be healthier? It’s all too good to be true

  3. MMMMMMMMM,….a lovely chili! I made recently also a chili with home made corn puree corn bread, it is onmy foodblog! It is my second latest post!

    I used unsweetened cacao in my chili!

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