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Saturday, 18 February 2012

Chocolate Chilli Con Carne

Let's pretend that I had read the instructions properly for the February 'We should Cocoa', if I had, then I would have made this recipe with quorn mince or some other suitable vegetarian alternative.  However, sadly that is simply not the case, so if I am disqualified for using beef mince, so be it!

Chocolate Chilli Con Carne
500g beef mince or quorn
3 cloves of garlic crushed
20g of fresh chillis, finely chopped (deseed if you prefer your chilli less hot)
1 tin of chopped tomatoes
1 tbsp tomato puree
1 beef or vegetable stock cube
1 tin kidney beans
4 squares dark chocolate
salt to taste

To serve
Chopped coriander
Chopped spring onions
Sour Cream or Natural Yogurt

1. Brown the mince in a large pan.  Add the crushed garlic and chillis and cook, stirring for a few minutes.
2. Add the tinned tomatoes, stock cube/powder and tomato puree.  Cook on a low heat for about 30 minutes.
3. Add salt to taste, then add the kidney beans and the four squares of chocolate and let them melt into the mixture.
4. Just before serving add some fresh chopped coriander and stir through.

Serve with rice, I used brown basmati rice, topping the chilli with sour cream or yogurt, some chopped spring onions and chopped coriander.

I enjoyed this chilli, the chocolate adds a depth of flavour, ours was pretty hot as I left the seeds in the chillis, I always find fresh chillis quite difficult to judge and either end up with not enough or too much heat!

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At 19 February 2012 at 00:56 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

This looks delicious! I love chili con carne and the addition of chocolate is delicious! I went to an event last year during chocolate week at Whole Foods where I got to sample all sorts of food cooked with chocolate. It goes really well with beef and chicken.

At 19 February 2012 at 09:06 , Anonymous Corina said...

It sounds delicious. I tried to think of something vegtarian and savoury to make for this challenge but have failed utterly. I'm sure it would also work with quorn mince.

At 19 February 2012 at 09:45 , Blogger Dom at Belleau Kitchen said...

OMG this looks simply divine! I too have really been struggling although I do now think I've got an idea. I love the chili chocolate aspect. It's fabulous and they top pic is brilliant!

At 19 February 2012 at 10:37 , Blogger Suzie said...

I will definitely be trying this Janice :D

At 19 February 2012 at 11:09 , Blogger Janice said...

Baking Addict - would be interested to see those, did you blog them?
Corina - yes it was a bit of a struggle, obviously so much so that I didn't really meet it!
Dom - thanks, I was really pleased with that pic.
Suzie - good to see you over on this side of my blog! Made it in the morning, out all day, home in time to make rice and heat it up, perfect.

At 19 February 2012 at 11:09 , Blogger Chele said...

Tee Hee - never mind, we can all pretend its quorn mince and your secret will be safe ;0)
Looks very tasty ... I am making my dish for dinner tomorrow night, keep your fingers crossed for me!

At 19 February 2012 at 14:50 , Blogger Baking Addict said...

Sadly I didnt blog about it. I remember having chicken mole with chocolate, beef with chocolate, white chocolate miso soup (?!) and a lovely chocolate cake. Cant remember the last item now! If there's a Whole Foods near you then I'd highly recommend the thirsty thursdays - £5 for 5 wine tastings and 5 food samples

At 19 February 2012 at 20:22 , Blogger Karen S Booth said...

That first photo is stunning Janice and I am sure that you made that chilli with quorn!!! Great entry for We Should Cocoa! Karen

At 19 February 2012 at 23:13 , Blogger Please Do Not Feed The Animals. said...

Looks delicious Janice. Top pic is fab and the second pic shows the depth of colour of your chilli and makes it look so tempting. I have added chocolate to my chilli in the past but it is not a standard addition to my regular recipe.

At 19 February 2012 at 23:32 , Blogger Phil in the Kitchen said...

Chilli with chocolate is just perfect for a cold night.

At 20 February 2012 at 19:29 , Blogger Kate@whatkatebaked said...

Ohhh, chocolate for a main course?! Love it!

At 21 February 2012 at 21:27 , Blogger Gary Phillips said...

Hya, I've given you The Versatile Blogger Award and linked you from my blog x

At 23 February 2012 at 21:49 , Blogger Choclette said...

That chilli , err, quorn mince looks fantastic Janice. I obviously have only skim read the post, but thank you very much for participating in We Should Cocoa.

At 25 February 2012 at 08:36 , Blogger Fabulicious Food said...

What a lovely recipe and so interesting to use QUORN mince! Yay, I'm so pleased the judges will allow!

At 27 February 2012 at 17:49 , Blogger The KitchenMaid said...

Oh no, you're another clever clogs who has thought up something for WSC while I am devoid of any inspiration. Love the cheat factor - aren't vegetarians always being asked if they eat mince or chicken, as if those things don't count as meat?

At 28 February 2012 at 10:08 , Blogger i-lostinausten said...

Wow! These chocolate chilli con carne looks delicious! I really have to try this ASAP! Thanks for sharing! :)


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