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Spicy & rich with a touch of sweetness.  A cross between a traditional Mexican Mole (my favorite) and a fresh-Mex Chili.  Sure to be a new favorite.

Black Bean Chocolate Chicken Chili

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  • Ready in: about an hour
  • Serves: 12
  • Complexity: easy
  • Origin: American
Black Bean Chocolate Chicken Chili

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into 1 inch pieces
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder, or to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground cumin, or to taste
  • 1 dried chipotle chili pepper, ground into powder
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa or more to taste
  • brown sugar to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, diced
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 chipotle chiles, canned in adobo sauce, minced
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, undrained
  • 1 (11 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 teaspoon green pepper sauce (e.g., Tabasco┬«)
  • 1 (6 ounce) can roasted garlic tomato paste
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • non-fat sour cream for topping

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Place chicken in the pot; brown on all sides. Season with sea salt, chili powder, cumin, ground chipotle, black pepper, and cayenne pepper, unsweetened cocoa and cinnamon.
  2. Mix in onion, and chipotle chiles in the adobe sauce.
  3. Pour in about 3 cups water, and continue cooking 10 minutes, until about 1/2 the water has evaporated.
  4. Mix black beans, and corn into the pot. Season with green pepper sauce. Reduce heat to low, and mix in remaining 2 cups water, tomatoes and tomato paste.
  5. Add honey, stirring to combine. 
  6. Simmer, stirring occasionally 30 minutes, or until thickened.
  7. To serve - ladle 1 1/4 cups chili in each of 8 bowls; top each serving with 1 tablespoon sour cream. Garnish with chopped cilantro.

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