Today I am combining 2 of my favorite things....cocoa and chili. I'm sure most of you have seen chili with chocolate in it before, I know I have. I have always wanted to make my own version and I finally got around to it. This is super easy and of course, just 8 ingredients. When I'm not stuffing my face with this Mexican Chili, this is a wonderful variation of chili.
I chose to go with black beans in the chili instead of traditional red beans, because I figured the black beans would enhance the cocoa and vice versa. Kind of like the whole black bean brownie craze, but in chili form.
Since sweetness compliments bitter flavors, corn is added to compliment the cocoa. This chili is incredibly easy, just basic ingredients and the whole meal comes together in less than 1 hour.
To take this chili to the next level and set it apart from traditional chili recipes, I added roasted potatoes on top. This chili has it all. It is healthy, hearty, nearly fat-free and lots of good protein. You know, because people never think there is protein in plant-based foods, which is crazy. There is nearly 19 g protein in a serving of this chili!
Oh yeah baby. You may have noticed I like to do that a lot in my soup recipes. There is just something about having something roasted and crispy on top of smooth soups/chilis that make them irresistible. Also, you know by now that potatoes are my favorite food.
If you're wondering if you can taste the cocoa, no you can't. It makes the chili more flavorful and have a richer flavor, but you can't technically taste the cocoa. My hubby had no clue it was in there, he just LOVED the chili.
Then, of course, you have to add chopped avocado and red pepper flakes, am I right?
I'll be anxiously awaiting to hear what you think of this cocoa black bean chili. Drop me a line below after you make it, I truly love hearing the feedback! You can also tag me on Instagram at #thevegan8, without that tag I will likely miss it!