|Paleo Chocolate Chili|
I’ve never liked beans — of any kind. Black, pinto, lima, whatever the hell kind of beans are in baked beans — doesn’t matter I can’t stand them. I’ve spent the last 3 years trying to teach myself to like the darn things because they are super healthy, right? Lentils and I finally reached a level of mutual toleration when I was introduced to paleo. Imagine my joy to discover that the things were actually bad for you — Ha! Take that pesky beans!
Of the foods I’ve never been able to enjoy, chili ranked pretty high on the list. I could have made a beanless chili before, of course, but it seemed wrong. I stumbled across a chocolate chili on The Clothes Make the Girl’s website. Perfect! It contained two of my favorite things: chocolate and anything other than beans.
To call it chocolate chili is a bit of a misnomer. Although unsweetened cocoa powder is a flavoring ingredient, there is no chocolatey taste.
I pretty much followed her recipe for this as written. The only thing I did differently was to reduce the amount of chili powder from 2 Tbsp to 1.5 Tbsp. I cannot even imagine eating it with 2 Tbsp. I do not have a super high tolerance for spicy hot foods and at 1.5 Tbsp my mouth was on fire. If you prefer milder chili, start out with 2 tsp to 1 Tbsp pf chili powder first.
Overall I give the recipe 2 thumbs up. I’ve eaten it for the last three days and it is even better on the second and third days. I like to top it with fresh chopped onion. Today I added a side of oven baked sweet potato fries. Yummy combo!