Crockpot Vegetarian Chili with Chocolate

By • December 29, 2009 • 6 Comments



Author Notes: This is a vegetarian chili that is very easy to prepare as it's done in a crockpot. You can brown 1 pound of organic grass-fed turkey or beef and add it to the recipe, if you like, but my family prefers vegetarian chili, so I don’t usually add meat. If you don't have a crockpot, you can certainly make this on top of the stove.

The recipe has you add cocoa powder as well as dark chocolate to the chili at the end; the result is a rich and somewhat mysterious flavor that I really like. If you don’t fancy the idea of chili with chocolate, just leave it out.
WinnieAb

Serves 10-12

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 green or red peppers (or a combination), diced
  • 2 15 oz. cans black beans or kidney beans, with juice
  • 2 28 oz. can whole tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 3 Tb. chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon organic unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1-2 ounce 60-70% dark chocolate, grated- optional, mixed in before serving
  1. Add onions, garlic, carrots, celery, green peppers, beans, tomatoes, and spices to your crockpot. Stir and break the tomatoes into smaller chunks. Cook on high for an hour or two, and then reduce to lower temperature setting for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Add salt, and then taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary. Mix in the cocoa powder and chocolate before serving.
  3. To serve, top with sour cream or creme fraiche, shredded cheddar cheese, minced green onions, minced cilantro, diced avocado, fresh salsa or your garnish or choice.

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almost 4 years ago RobynT

A rainy Monday today, but I came home to the warm, enticing smell of this chili cooking in my crockpot. It was absolutely delicious, not to mention healthy and oh so easy to put together this morning. The cocoa/chocolate did add a wonderful depth that didn't overpower the chili like I think it sometimes can. Next time I may add a diced potato or sweet potato for extra heartiness.

Winnie100

almost 4 years ago WinnieAb

Yay! So glad you liked it. Reminds me I need to make this again really soon...I love the idea of the sweet potato ;)

Meathook

almost 4 years ago Brenna

Sorry, I didn't add the carrots, just used them!

Meathook

almost 4 years ago Brenna

I've made this before for a client (I am a personal chef) and am making it again for a new one. I used very, very dark chocolate (80%!) and added it before I put the chili in its delivery dish. I also added some gorgeous purple and yellow carrots. It was totally a hit and am excited to wake up smelling this cooking in the pot again.

Winnie100

almost 4 years ago WinnieAb

Thanks for letting me know, Brenna...I am happy you (and your clients) enjoy this recipe!

Lnd_jen

over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

Mmm, this sounds wonderful. I love adding chocolate/cocoa powder to chili - it adds such nice depth.