Dark Chocolate Vegetarian Chili

by Amie on January 20, 2010

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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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Heather (Where's the Beach) January 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

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!!

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Evan Thomas January 20, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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

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Sophie January 20, 2010 at 9:22 pm

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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