Chocolate added to chili may seem unusual, but it gives this dish a rich color and intensifies the flavor.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 green bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice, or one 16-ounce can whole tomatoes, drained and chopped
2 15-ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed
5 cups vegetable broth
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate
How to Make It
In a stockpot, over medium heat, cook the oil, garlic, onion, and green pepper until slightly softened, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas, kidney beans, vegetable broth, cumin, and salt. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Before serving, stir in the chocolate until melted.
Keep It: Store in the refrigerator up to 3 days or in the freezer up to 4 months. Freeze individual servings in heavy-duty zipper bags.
I love this recipe. It is very hearty and full of nutrients. I do think however it does lack flavor. So I add some spices to it to jazz it up a bit. I add Chili powder, cumin, lots of pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper. I also add a bit more fresh tomato to it. The chocolate might surprise people but it really brings out the flavors wonderfully. Perfect or a hot meal on a cold night.