A smoky black bean vegetarian (or vegan) chili, accented with sweet chocolate and coconut!
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 1 large white onion, chopped
- 6 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup good-quality chili powder
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 8 cups water
- 1 pound dried black beans, rinsed
- 1 (4 oz.) can diced green chiles
- 1/4 cup coconut flakes
- 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder (use dark chocolate cocoa for vegan version)
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano
- 1–3 teaspoons minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo, to taste
- toppings: chocolate chips and additional toasted coconut flakes
- Heat oil in a large stockpot over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 4-5 minutes, until translucent, stirring occasionally. Add in chili powder and cumin cook for an additional 3 minutes until fragrant. Add in the water, black beans, green chiles, coconut flakes, unsweetened cocoa powder, and oregano. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium-low and cover, leaving the lid slightly ajar. Simmer for about 2 hours or until the beans are mostly tender.
- Add in the chipotle peppers in adobo sauce by teaspoons until it reaches your desired taste. Season with salt and pepper, and add an additional 1/2 cup or more of water if needed. Then return to heat for a final 30 minutes or until the beans are fully-cooked. If you would like a smoother soup, feel free to use a potato masher or immersion blender to puree. Otherwise, serve as-is with toppings.
To make this in the slow cooker, just add all ingredients (minus the toppings) and cook on low for 6-8 hours or until beans are tender. Serve with toppings.
What a unique chili idea! Love it!
You guys must have had such a fun time judging a chili cook-off!
I love that you recreated one of the dishes and this sounds really amazing, I love the addition of coconut. So interesting!
This is totally unique! Great idea!
LOVE it!! i think i will try it with dark chocolate. sounds insanely good!!!!
This looks incredible. Thanks for the vegan tip, too! Going to try to make this soon!
fascinating! it’s been a while since i’ve tried a unique chili. i’m not always a fan of sweet & savoury in a dish that’s ‘supposed to be’ savoury, but this one just sounds too intriguing not to try.
What an interesting combination. How fun to be a judge :)
I love the black bean twist on this. Well-done! And yes – small bites, definitely a must. :-)
Interesting – I am up for trying any dinner that I can top with chocolate chips!
Chocolate in chili?! Where do I sign up?!
Chocolate and coconut chili… I am so intrigued! Gotta try this soon.
This looks AMAZING! Might make it tonight. However, I wonder…if I have canned black beans, how many cans do I need, and would that reduce the simmer time? Let me know!
What broth? Confused…..
Hey I tried it. It was very tasty very good. Thanks
Sorry, we did not like how this turned out. The chocolate and chile powder were a bad combo or just too much of each and nothing to make it even a little sweet.