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Black bean chili with hint of chocolate

When I told Bella we’re having chili with chocolate she was super excited until she tasted it and disappointingly stated it did not taste like chocolate at all. Next time I will learn to to set her up for disappointment and just say we’re having chili. The chocolate just added a hint but made the chili very creamy.

1 tbs canola oil
1 large garlic clove, grated
1/2 tbs green jalapeño chili pepper, minced
1 tbs dried anaheim chili, minced
1 tsp cumin
1 cup zucchini, diced
1 can fired roasted crushed tomatoes
1 tbs tomato puree
1 cup black beans, cooked or canned
1/8 cup dark chocolate (%70 at least)
Salt to taste

Heat oil in large pot on medium heat. Saute garlic, jalapeño, dried pepper and cumin for a few minutes. Add zucchini, tomatoes and puree and bring to a simmer for 5 minutes. Add black beans, chocolate and salt and let chocolate melt. Blend and serve with corn bread.

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  1. What an interesting idea! I adore mole sauce, too, for its rich, chocolatey flavor. I've got some concentrate paste. You just add water and stir over heat.

  2. Hi Kim,Me too, I love mole so it was inspired by it but this chili has a rich flavor but not as much as a mole off course.

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