one of our favorite, favorite, favorite cold weather meals.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

chocolate chili
(serves 2-4--i always double)

1/3 cup chopped onions
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 T oil
2 lbs. skinless, boneless chicken breasts cut into small pieces
1 T salt
1/2 T freshly ground black pepper
1 t ground cumin
2 T unsweetened cocoa
1 14-oz. can chicken broth
1 15-oz. can tomato sauce
1 c chopped fresh parsley
2 15-oz. cans white kidney beans (or cannellini), drained
1 T masa harina dissolved in 1/4 c water*
2 T honey
1 c sour cream

1) in a dutch oven, saute the onions and garlic in the oil until soft.  
add the chicken and cook until browned.  remove from the heat.  
add the salt, pepper, cumin, and cocoa, stirring well.  
mix in the broth and 1 1/2 cups water, the tomato sauce, and parsley.  
return to the heat and bring to a boil; cook at a very low boil, partially covered, for 35 minutes.
2) add the beans and cook 15 minutes more.  
add the masa harina mixture to the chili and cook 5 minutes more.  
remove from the heat and stir in the honey and sour cream (sour cream tends to clump a bit, don't worry).  

*when i first got the ingredients for this recipe, i had no idea what masa harina was. 
 so, here!  i will save you the trouble.

it is soooosoooosoooo good.

i never make it without also making trader joes cornbread--
better than any cornbread i've ever eaten anywhere.


  1. That sounds interesting and I am ready to try it...It looks really good..and I love chocolate:) Win-win!

  2. Wow...would never think to use chocolate! This sounds soo cool!! Thanks for the recipe!!
    :) Anna

  3. I've head of chilli made with chocolate and have been skeptical but I'll have to give this a try before moving to a place where I'll only eat cocconut and mango. I'm a little sad about that. And, I agree, TJ cornbread IS the very best. Another reason to be sad; Oahu doesn't have one. Ok, I'll stop now.

  4. ohhh...and our trader joes opens this week!! i have always been a diehard fan of jiffy cornbread,but i will certainly give it a try!!

  5. It is mine and my husband's favorite as well!! I am doing a post about it in a couple days. It rained on Sunday so we used our dutch oven and made chocolate chili! HA how uncanny! HUGS!

  6. Oh yummy! I love putting chocolate in savory dishes. I have never thought of putting it in Chili- so smart!

  7. Really?! I need to try this!! Ah, I absolutely love corn bread, but there is no Trader Joe's in the sunshine state. I guess I'll have to take your word for it.

  8. this sounds crazy! i've definitely got to try this.
    mm. chocolate chili.

  9. chocolate chili? HUH? I'll have to give this a whirl this weekend... and you said "dutch oven" tee hee hee.

  10. I could barely finish reading! Need to make this ASAP!

  11. Oh my GOSH!!! I WILL be making this, if it EVER gets cold here in Texas!!!

  12. This is so interesting, you have piqued my curiosity! I will have to try it out.

  13. oh my goodness that sounds amazing! the perfect fall recipe!

    i haven't decided what to cook for dinner yet and this post literally made my stomach growl :)

  14. What?! No way I have to try this!

  15. YUM! that sounds so good! i will be making this for sure. sad to say tho… i don't have a Trader Joes by me:(
    i just became a follower of your blog. LOVE IT!

  16. I'm definitely going to have to try this one! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. You're blog is fantastic, but how on earth do you have time for it with four kids?!


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