Black Bean Chili With Chipotle & Chocolate

This is a very flavorful meatless entree that would be a great option for Meatless Mondays. The addition of the smoked ancho pepper, smoked paprika, and dark chocolate cocoa really adds a great depth of flavor and just enough bite to keep the dish interesting. If you are preparing this chili for kids who do not care for spicy food, you can simply leave out the chili. You can find the canned Chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce in the Mexican food section of most grocery stores.

 

 
Why Healthy

  • Loading this chili up with vegetables increases its fiber and antioxidant content.
  • Black beans provide and excellent source of fiber and are nutrient rich.
  • Tomatoes are a source of vitamin A, vitamin C, dietary fiber and a great source of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.

 

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Black Bean Chili With Chipotle & Chocolate

A hearty meatless entree that has a delicious depth of flavor.

Yield: Serves 6

Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 1 hr 45 mins

Ingredients:

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Large Onion, Peeled & Diced
2 Carrots, Peeled & Diced
3 Celery Stalks, Diced
3 Large Garlic Cloves, Peeled & Minced
2 Chipotle Peppers In Adobo Sauce, Minced
3 (14 Ounce) Cans Black Beans, Drained & Rinsed
1 (28 Ounce) Can Chopped Tomatoes
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
1 1/2 Teaspoons Ground Cumin
1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
Salt & Pepper
1 Heaping Teaspoon Of Dark Cocoa
Topping:
Chopped Green Onions
Fresh Guacamole

Directions:

Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan over medium heat and cook the onions, carrots, and celery until tender.
Add the garlic and cook for another couple of minutes.
Add the black beans, tomatoes, chipotle peppers, cilantro, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, salt and pepper.
Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 1 1/2 hours.
Stir in the cocoa, and serve, garnished with the chopped green onions and a dollop of guacamole.

 

2 Responses to “Black Bean Sweet Potato Chili”

  1. Morgan Griffith — November 19, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

    I’ve made a soup very much like this and it is delicious. The only thing I do is cook my own black beans and dice up my own tomatoes that I have frozen from my garden. Canned food is so full of sodium, even the low sodium ones, that I avoid it whenever I can.

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    recipe Reply:

    Morgan, I cook my own beans as well, and fresh ingredients are always best when available, but low sodium canned beans are a good option when folks are pressed for time.

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