Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2-on-Tuesday: Bean and Mushroom Chili

Unsweetened Cocoa Powder.
Yes, in chili! As it turns out, cocoa powder is a classic ingredient in Mexican cuisine. Nah, the chili doesn't taste like chocolate. Instead, it takes on an earthy, dark flavor which could be brightened with fennel...if I liked fennel...which I don't...but you might. ;)

Bean and Mushroom Chili
(Forks Over Knives, page 129)

1 large onion, peeled and diced
1 lb button mushrooms, chopped (I used Baby Portabella mushrooms.)
6 cloves Garlic, peeled and minced
1 tablespoon Ground Cumin
1 tablespoon Chile Powder
1/2 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper (I used habañero sauce.)
1 tablespoon Hershey's Unsweet Cocoa Powder
1 (28 oz) can Diced Tomatoes
2 (15 oz) cans Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups Water
Salt, to taste
**optional: dollop of plain Greek yogurt & shredded sharp cheddar
  • Sauté onion and mushrooms in a large pot over medium heat for 10-15 minutes. Use 1-2 tablespoons of water to keep the veggies from sticking OR, if you're crunched for time, use a splash of olive oil or coconut oil to sauté the veggies.
  • Add garlic, cumin, chile powder, cayenne and cocoa and cook for 3 minutes.
  • Add tomatoes, beans and water and simmer, covered for 25 minutes.
*Never wash mushrooms. Brush or wipe to clean mushrooms.

Curl up on the couch with a snuggly blanket and a deep bowl of this chili on a cold, rainy night. Mmmm. Toasty inside and out!

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