Chocolate Chili

I had this chili at a fall dinner party with a sampling of chilis served with a sampling of beers. This particular one was paired with a chocolate beer.

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • One 28-ounce can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup water
  • One 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can of corn, drained
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 4 ounces super dark chocolate, 74 percent or higher
  • 2 tablespoons chile spice blend
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Salt, to taste

Directions

In a large heavy pot, sauté the onion and pepper with 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the other ingredients and the water. Cover and let the chili simmer on medium low, stirring occasionally for 45 minutes.

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