Cornmeal, Cocoa and Chili Powder

**Update July 2013…this post is badly in need of some new photos and it’s on my to do list! Bear with me if you’re reading it before then**

All kind of different ingredients right?

You think about Cornmeal,

and grits, cornbread and chips come to mind.

Cocoa?

chocolate bars, cake, milk chocolate. All yum.

Chili powder is a little skinnier of a topic.

You think of Chili, right?

Well what if you added cocoa, cornmeal, and chili powder into your chili?

Did you know you’ll have the gawsh darned best chili ever?

So all those beans you cooked from dried? Here is what to do with them!

Start by browning your meat, onion (Use a white onion, I just can’t. Darn Cowboy.), and garlic in a heavy bottomed pot with oil.

You’re going to toss in a bunch of things here. Crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, corn, salt, pepper, cornmeal, sugar, cocoa and chili powder.

I have a reason for each of the ingredients….

Crushed tomatoes: smoother chili

Whole tomatoes: nice chunks

Black Beans and Corn: I love this combo!

Kidney Beans: Classic bean for Chili

You can’t be without Salt and Pepper! Also, because I use home canned tomatoes, and dried beans, it’s very important to salt this baby.

Sugar: Counteract the acidity of tomatoes

Cornmeal: This makes the depth of the corn seem to go beyond the burst of sweetness in each kernal

Cocoa: This adds an amazing depth to the chili. Not only in flavour, but in colour as well!

Chili powder: You just can’t be without this in Chili!!

Cook all these ingredients together for a long time, I mean hooours and hooours. Stir it frequently, and keeping it bubbling on a low temperature. About half an hour before the end, throw in the mushrooms.

It’s so thick. So simple too in it’s flavours as well.

And absolutely yummy to eat

Chili

1 1/2 lb ground meat

1/2 c onion

6 cloves garlic, minced

3 tbsp oil

4 c crushed tomatoes

3 c whole tomatoes

1 3/4 c black beans (I think this is a medium sized can of beans)

1 3/4 c kidney beans

1/2 c corn

Salt- atleast 1 tbsp or so if using home canned things

Pepper to taste

2 tsp sugar

1 1/2 tbsp cornmeal

1 1/2 tbsp cocoa

2 1/2 tbsp chili powder

1/4 c mushrooms

Brown meat, onion and garlic in a large heavy bottomed pot with oil. Add all but mushrooms. Cook for hours and hours until thick and rich. Add mushrooms and cook 1/2 hour longer. Serve up!

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4 thoughts on “Cornmeal, Cocoa and Chili Powder

  1. I have recipe for chocolate chipotle chili I really want to try… this made me think of it! (unfortunatly i wont be making it tomorrow i think alot of people might not like it)
    its not that odd of ingredient mexican food is big on mole sauces which are chocolate alot of time….. your recipe looks good too:)

    • I feel like I make it differently everytime, but I decided to make a really basic version and write down what I put in it! Cowboy said it was the best chili he’s ever had.

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