Heaven on Earth
This may seem an odd combination, but that's what the world seems to go for these days. And no, I'm not doing an ad for Lindt, they just happen to have this dynamite little treat. Sort of a cha-cha in your mouth.
Adapted from myrecipes.com
CHILI with CHIPOTLE and CHOCOLATE
2 cups diced onions
1 cup chopped red bell pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/4 lbs. ground turkey (for a vegetarian version, 2 chopped carrots, 2 stalks chopped celery)
3 tbls. brown sugar
2 tbls. ancho chile powder
1 tbls. unsweetened cocoa
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/4 tsp. salt
2 (15 oz.) cans pinto beans, drained and rinsed
2 (14 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
1 (14 oz.) can fat free chicken broth
2 chipotle chilies (canned in adobe sauce) minced
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup light sour cream
Chopped green onions
Heat a Dutch oven over med.-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add onion, bell pepper, garlic, turkey, to pan, saute about 8 min. or until turkey is browned and vegetables are tender. Add sugar and next 9 ingredients (through chipotle) to pan, stirring to blend. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer 15 min. or until slightly thickened, stirring occasionally. Add chocolate, stir to melt, simmer a while longer.
Yield: 8 servings
Serve in bowls. Top each with 1 tbls. sour cream and green onions.
A fruity white wine with a strong body..such as Mondavi Fume' Blanc..goes well with this. Enjoy! And if you don't do the recipe, well, just pop some chili chocolate in your mouth when things seem dull!! And take tango lessons...