Valentine’s Day Recipe: Savory Chocolate Chili

By Anna McCoy On Monday, February 13 th, 2012 · one Comment · In Recipes

Haven’t decided what to do for Valentine’s Day? Stay in and try this recipe

Savory Chocolate Chili (vegetarian)  

Makes 6 servings

2 medium Dried Ancho Chilies, rinsed, patted dry, split lengthwise, seeded
1 Dried Chipotle Chili, rinsed, patted dry, split lengthwise, seeded
1 teaspoon Cumin Seeds, toasted
1 teaspoon Dried Oregano, crushed
1/8 teaspoon Cinnamon
1- ½ teaspoons Salt
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 medium Onions, chopped
4 Garlic Cloves, minced
3 Zucchini and/or Yellow Squash, quartered lengthwise and cubed
3/4 pound Kale, stems, ribs discarded, leaves chopped
1 teaspoon Grated Orange Zest
1/8 teaspoon Sugar
1 ounce Unsweetened Chocolate, shaved or grated
1 (14.5-ounce) Can Whole Tomatoes in juice, drained, reserving juice, chopped
1-1/4 cups Water
3 (15-ounce) Cans Pinto Beans, drained, rinsed

Cook chili peppers flat in a skillet on both sides over medium heat until just tender, about 30 seconds. Cut into small pieces. (Be sure to turn the fan on over the stove and don’t breathe in the vapors rising up from the skillet.)

Combine chili peppers and cumin seeds in a coffee or spice grinder and process until finely ground. A mortar and pestle can be used as well. Combine chili mixture with oregano, cinnamon, and salt.

Heat oil in a large pot and sauté onions until softened. Mix in garlic and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in chili mixture and cook 30 seconds. Add zucchini or squash and kale and cook 5 minutes, covered. Stir in orange zest, sugar, chocolate, tomatoes and juice, and water.

Place lid on pot and cook 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring chili often. When vegetables are cooked through, add beans and cook another 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, if needed. Serve warm.


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