Chocolate Chip Chili

When I first saw this recipe was was very skeptical that it was going to be great AND stay somewhat true to what I think is tasty chili. When I did a bit more research I found that chocolate is actually an ingredient added to many meat dishes to give it a richness that you can not put your finger on, but appreciate. This chili was super easy to make and certainly was a great recipe that switches up my normal turkey chili recipe. This version is much meatier, bolder and has some unexpected flavors. It is much more rich, so serving this with a slaw of some sort would be perfect. It would also be spectacular with some tortillas or even in a burrito as leftovers. I make a lot of chili this time of year and this is a great one to keep in the arsenal to switch things up.

Choc Chip Chili
Nigella Lawson - The More the Merrier
serves 12

10 or 5 linked pairs chorizo sausage (not the salami sort), about 1 1/4 lb
3 1/4 lb boneless beef shank, cut into 3/4 inch cubes (stew meat could also be used, but will not be as tender)
3 onions, peeled
3 cloves garlic, peeled
1 fresh long chili, seeded (could not find this, so I subbed in 2 teaspoons chili powder and a serrano chili)
1/4 cup vegetable oil
seeds from 3 cardamom pods (not a fan of this spice and I left out)
2 teaspoons ground cumin (I added a bit more to great results)
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup tomato ketchup
4 - 15 oz cans red kidney beans, drained
3 - 14oz cans diced tomatoes
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
1 cup water (swished out in one of the diced tomato cans

Preheat oven 300 degrees (You could also use a slow cooker)

Finely chop, or process the onion, garlic and chili.

Heat the oil in a large ovenproof pan (with a lid) or cast iron or enameled dutch oven and fry the onion, garlic and chile until soft, on low for about 10 minutes, then add the cardamom seeds (if using), cumin, coriander, cinnamon, and red pepper flakes.

Stir the oniony spiced mixture together and then add the chorizo, sliced into 1/4 inch coins, letting them ooze their paprika-orange oil.

Drop in the cubes of beef, turning them n the pan with the chorizo and onion mix, to brown the meat.

Stir in the tomato paste, ketchup, drained kidney beans, diced tomatoes and 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Add the water and bring the chili to a boil.

Once it is started bubbling, sprinkle the chocolate chips over the chili and give it a good stir. Put on the lid and transfer to the oven.

Cook a this low heat for 3 hours. Once cooked it is best left overnight to improve the flavor.


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