Veggie Chocolate Bean Chili

Vegetarian Chocolate Bean Chili

Excited, not afraid to hide it!

Whenever I manage a vegetarian version of a dish that’s as good or even better as the original, it always gets me really psyched up. This is one of them: a Chili sin Carne (a Chili without Meat) or my veggie chocolate bean chili recipe. Yes, you heard me right. Chocolate & Chili. Just linger on that thought for a moment. It’s good, isn’t it?

Then, when you’ve decided to start cooking, put on your favorite lazy sweatpants, because this is comfy food as comfy as it can get. Warm, hearty and flavorful. With a hint of cinnamon, rich chocolate and a punch of chilipepper, this makes a delicious bean chili.

Serve it with your favorites, for example tortilla, rice, cilantro, lime and a big dollop of yogurt, crème fraiche or sour cream. Yes, more please!

Veggie Chocolate Bean Chili
Serves 4
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 1 Red Onion
  2. 2-3 Garlic Gloves
  3. 1 tsp Cumin Seeds
  4. 1 Red Chilipepper
  5. 1 tsp ground Paprika
  6. 1 tsp dried Oregano
  7. 1 pinch of Cinnamon
  8. 1 Carrot
  9. 1 Parsnip
  10. 2 Bell Peppers (red & green)
  11. 2 sticks of Celery
  12. 1 can Chopped Tomatoes
  13. 2 cans Beans (kidney, butter, black or a mix)
  14. 1 1/2 ounces (50 gram) 70% Dark Chocolate
  15. pinch of Salt & Pepper
  16. Optional: tortilla's, rice, lime, fresh cilantro and a big dallop of yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche
Instructions
  1. Start by preparing all the veggies. Finely chop 1 red onion, 2-3 garlic gloves, 1 chilipepper, 2 sticks of celery and 2 bell peppers. Peel and chop 1 carrot and 1 parsnip.
  2. Fry the chopped red onion and garlic in a hot pan with oil, until nearly brown.
  3. Add all dried spices & seasoning (1 tsp cumin seeds, 1 chopped fresh chilipepper, 1 tsp ground paprika, 1 tsp dried oregano, 1 pinch of cinnamon). Let fry for a few minutes.
  4. Add the chopped veggies (1 carrot, 1 parsnip, 2 bell peppers en 2 sticks of celery) and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Add 1 can chopped tomatoes and 2 cans of beans of your liking. Reduce the heat and cook for 30 minutes more.
  6. Add 1 1/2 ounces (50g) of 70% dark chocolate, broken into pieces, and stir for 5 minutes until the chocolate has melted. Season with a pinch of salt & pepper.
  7. Serve with for example: tortilla's, rice, lime, fresh cilantro and a big dallop of yogurt, sour cream or crème fraiche.
  8. Enjoy!
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