I have been shaving dark chocolate into my chili for quite some time. It adds a rich dark undertone and depth of flavor. I also quite like the pungent bitter hit from beer in chili. So when I stumbled upon chocolate stout beer I thought it was indeed the perfect double duty magic that would elevate my vegetarian chili to another dimension.
And elevate it does. This is a crowd pleasing chili. Meat eaters included. It is a staple in my house, and my most requested recipe. Top it with fresh avocado and cilantro, a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of cheddar cheese. Or just eat it as is, its perfectly suited for that as well.
As an added bonus it is quite easy to make! —Abra Pappa