Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Very Engaging


Chili, based off of Vegetable Chocolate Chili Mole (scroll down). I found this page yesterday from a link off of The Pink Apron.

We had chips and the idea of chili had been percolating and when I saw that recipe I thought, "Well, my favorite chili recipe already has chocolate chips in it, and this recipe has MORE!, so I have to try it!!!".

At first I was like, thyme?, basil?, bay leaves? rilly?!? But, it turned out great! Not weird at all! Surprise! The only thing I did differently was to have the pineapple in there. And I didn't have any celery, or red, green and yellow peppers.

1 big can black beans, drained
1 can pinto beans, drained
1 20 oz can crushed pineapple, drained
1/4 C tomato paste
1 T oil
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 C chocolate chips (wow!)
1 C frozen corn
2 carrots, cut into rounds
2 t salt
1 t cumin
1 t thyme
1 t basil
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t chili powder
1/4 t ancho chile powder
1/8 t allspice
2 bay leaves

Saute onion, garlic. Add all other ingredients, bring up to a boil, lower heat and simmer until the carrots are tender. Serve with chips. The end.

Did I tell you I finished "Little, Big"? Started reading "Lord Byron's Novel" also by John Crowley. Got a thrill when I realized it's got some sci fi aspects going on... seems quite different from "Little, Big" so far, but I've only just begun. Very engaging right from the get go.


Margaret said...

And I'm thinking, 'Pineapple and chocolate in chili'!? Reallly? lol
I usually make my chili savory not sweet. Not sure if I would like this sweeter version... on the other hand, can on really go wrong with the addition of chocolate? ;)

elizabeth said...

You know, after some consideration, I would probably just do either a) crushed pineapple with cocoa powder and a few chips mixed in or b) the full 1/2 C choc chips and no pineapple. But it's really good and if you don't want sweet chili, just call it a mole :)!