Sunday, September 25, 2011

Chili Con Cacao

I've used cocoa powder in my chili recipes for a long time. Check out my Chili al Diavolo that won "Grand Champion" at a friend's 4th of July cook-off a couple of years ago. But today I added some raw organic cacao nibs for some added flavor, nutrition, and culinary intrigue. It was delicious!

1 pound of 96/4 ground beef
3 C cooked black beans
2 strips of bacon
splash of olive oil
1 large can of crushed tomatoes
ancho chili
sea salt
unsulphered molasses
soy sauce
red wine
1/4 C raw, organic cacao nibs

Sauté bacon in a splash of olive oil till cooked, but not crispy. Add ground beef and cook through completely. Season with paprika, cumin, ancho chili, smoked sea salt and add in the black beans. Sitr in tomatoes, molasses, soy sauce, red wine, and cacao nibs. Simmer for 20 minutes. Serve with a dollop of sour cream and shredded cheese. Garnish with a few more nibs.

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