A few weeks ago, I had the honor of judging my first chili cook-off with my friend Cassie (from Bake Your Day). And while it was a blast, I have one piece of advice for anyone who ever judges:
Take small bites! Oh my goodness.
I don’t know if I have ever been so full in my life. But at least the chili was fantastic! Amongst the many creative recipes that night was a vegetarian chili served with chocolate chips and toasted coconut. (You can also make this vegan with dark chocolate chips.) I have always loved adding a little cocoa powder into my chili for depth, but the extra cocoa, chocolate chips and sweet coconut on top took this to a whole new level. Brilliant flavor combination, especially with some smoky chipotles mixed into the chili. Slightly sweet, but still oh-so-savory.
So here is my attempt to recreate it homemade! I thought it turned out pretty well. I opted to let mine cook on the stovetop for about 2 hours, but next time I think I will throw it in the slow cooker and save a step. Either way, this is a great one!