Now, this is what I call ‘Delicioso’… talk about a sweet n’ savory winter meal. This hearty chili packs in powerful antioxidants from the raw honey and cacao nibs and a dose of protein from the  beans and pumpkin seeds. Try this tasty chili tonight for a cozy way to warm up your weekend.

Spicy Bean Cacao Chili
Serves: 8

A sweet n’ savory winter meal that's naturally gluten- dairy- and soy-free.

Author: Amie Valpone
Recipe type: Entree


  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 tsp. Smoked sea salt
  • ½ tsp. white pepper, freshly ground
  • 3 dried chili peppers
  • 1 28 oz. can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 oz. cacao nibs
  • 1 15.5 oz. can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz. can chick peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 15.5 oz. can navy beans, drained and rinsed
  • ½ cup filtered water
  • ¼ cup strong coffee
  • ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup fresh basil leaves finely chopped


  1. In a large pot over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onion, carrot, and garlic. Cover and cook until softened, about 10 minutes.

  2. Stir in raw honey, paprika, cumin, salt, and white pepper. Add chili peppers, tomatoes, and cacao nibs, and stir until well blended.

  3. Add beans, water, and coffee, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally, until chili thickens and flavors have time to develop, about 45 minutes. Add a little more liquid if chili becomes too thick.
  4. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds and fresh basil before serving. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spicy Bean Cacao Chili
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Sodium 248mg11%
Potassium 86mg2%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 1674IU33%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


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  1. Your spicy bean cacao chilli looks excellent!! You have to know that I have been living for 8 years now in the center of Brussels & I have visited Rouge Tomate a couple of times & I agree with what you say about the food,etc. I didn’t know that they opened another success story in New York!!

    Great post!