Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Review on Cocoa Coconut Chili

I recently ordered a new vegan cookbook from Amazon. Eat Drink and be Vegan by Dreena Burton is an awesome cookbook. Most of the recipes are wheat free. There are so many I want to try out. They all sound amazing. Last night I made the Cocoa Coconut Chili (wheat free). It was awesome! So full of flavor. Sweet and spicy my favorite two flavor combination's. It was very mildly spicy and my one year old son Radley went to town on a bowl! Hadley not so much but I think it was because she was tired and grumpy. She fell asleep in the middle of the living room floor while I was cooking it. We had to wake her up to try to feed her and she just wasn't having it. This chili made my whole house smell amazing....I wouldn't be surprised if our upstairs neighbors were enjoying the smell as well. So your welcome up there!

1-11/2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups onion, diced
1 1/4-11/2 cups celery, diced
1/2 cup red or yellow bell pepper diced
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
2 tbsp mild chili powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp all spice
2 1/2-3 tbsp dutch-processed cocoa powder
2 cans of 28 oz diced tomatoes
1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can pinto beans
1 can light coconut milk
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2 tbsp chipotle hot sauce
1 cup frozen corn kernels
1-1 1/2 tsp agave nectar
1-2 fresh limes

In a large pot on medium heat, add oil, onion, celery, bell pepper, garlic, salt, pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, and allspice. Stir to combine. Cover and cook for 7-9 minutes, stirring occasionally; reduce heat if onions or garlic starts to burn. When onions start to soften, add cocoa and stir for 1-2 minutes, then add tomatoes, beans, coconut milk, and coconut. Stir to combine. Increase heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn kernels and agave nectar, and cook another 5 minutes to heat through. Remove cover to let liquid reduce if desired. Season to taste with additional pepper, or hot sauce. Serve with lime wedges and squeeze on generous amounts of juice.

I decided to use dried beans rather than canned. I let the beans soak overnight. Also by the time we feed the babies and got them to bed. So we could sit down with a movie and enjoy dinner without the kids. I forgot about the lime wedges. I bet it would have been good with them but they are not necessary.

There she is with her thumb in her mouth passed out surrounded by toys!

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