Beef Chocolate Chili

It has been a bit dark and rainy in the last few days and since I live in Vancouver, there is no escaping the rain for a little while... Which is a bid sad. But on the plus side, rainy weather = the best time for warm hearty meals! Also, I will take rain over snow and negative temperatures any day (me and cold temperatures don't get along)!

I don't like beans, so I chose to make a bean-less pot of chili. If you are a vegan/vegetarian, feel free to swap the beef for beans. Don't be intimidated by the long list of ingredients... With a bit of multi tasking, this recipe comes together in now time!

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Beef Chocolate Chili

Makes 4-5 servings 

Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp EVOO
  • 500g ground beef
  • 1 medium/large onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed 
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp chili powder (adjust based on your spice preference) 
  • 2 medium red peppers
  • 2 carrots
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 1x400g cans of crushed fire roasted tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • Salt to taste
  • 60g dark chocolate, cut into chunks 

Instructions

  1. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a large, heavy bottom pot (I used a dutch oven) over medium heat. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Drain, remove from pot and set aside.
  2. Make sure to prep your veggies while the beef is cooking. Finely chop the onion, garlic, carrots, celery and peppers. After removing the beef from the pot, Add the onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, then add the spiced & salt. Mix until the onions/garlic are evenly covered with spice.
  3. Add celery, peppers, carrots, crushed tomatoes, water, wine, chocolate and beef to the pot and stir. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally 
  4. Cook for 30 minutes and serve. If you have some time on your hands, let everything simmer over low heat for ~1-1.5 hours

Note - I always recommend grass fed beef. Chocolate should be of good quality and ~70%

Serving suggestions - Top with avocado chunks or a dollop of greek yogurt, serve with tortilla ships or rice, Add some roasted yams... Whatever you want!

Also, that wine you cooked with? Drink a glass while eating this chili, OK? If that wasn't obvious :)