Saturday, 4 February 2017

Chili with Cacao

Happy Saturday!

What could possibly be more perfect than a warming stew on a cold winter's day? This chili is very flavourful and it's also quite spicy, which is perfect for warming up your entire body from the inside out after spending some time outdoors in the cold. Even though the list of ingredients looks pretty long this chili is extremely easy to make.

Tomato, different beans, bell pepper, chili pepper, corn, sweet potato, zucchini... So many awesome flavours and colours! The star ingredient, though, is cacao. This might sound odd to use in cooking, but the chili won't taste like chocolate (promise!). Instead the cacao simply gives the chili some depth in flavour which is totally irresistible. I used raw cacao powder here, but regular cocoa powder would work just as great.

I served my chili with some freshly baked spelt bread. So good!

After a few slightly rough weeks my only plans for today is to rest, read, drink massive amounts of tea, do a face mask, eat nourishing foods and maybe do some light exercise. Self-care, you know ♥. 

Chili with Cacao

Serves 4-6

1 tbsp olive or coconut oil
2 gloves of garlic, finely grated
1 red chili, finely chopped (use the seeds!)
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp spicy paprika powder
1/5 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp cumin
2 tsp dried oregano

4 carrots, peeled and coarsely grated
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 red yellow pepper, finely chopped
1 zucchini, finely chopped
1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped

1 can crushed tomatoes
1 can tomato passata
2 cups (4 1/2 dl) water

4 big fistfuls of chopped kale (stem removed)
1 tsp salt
1 can black beans, rinsed
1 can white beans, rinsed
1 cup (2 dl) sweet corn
3 tsp cacao or cocoa powder

1. Heat the oil in a big saucepan. Sauté the garlic, chili and spices for a couple of minutes.
2. Add the carrots, bell peppers, zucchini and sweet potato and sauté for a couple of minutes more.
3. Add the cans of tomatoes and the water. Bring to the boil and let it cook on a low heat under a lid for about 20 minutes. Stir occasionally.
4. Add all the rest of the ingredients and cook for an additional 15 minutes. Serve and enjoy!

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