Wednesday, July 25, 2012


This blog post is going to be a shorter one, as I’m on holidays.  But I’ll be back and at the longer posts next week!


The lovely thing about chilli is that there are so many different kinds and a variety of spices and ingredients you can experiment with.  When I was a kid, nothing was better than a hot homemade bowl of chilli.  Most people associate chilli with winter, but chilli can be a lovely summer meal with the right ingredients.

Chipotle and Chocolate Chilli (try saying that 5X over) is my absolute favourite.  I mean, who doesn’t love a little sweet and a little spice?!

Chipotle Chocolate Chilli

-2 tbsp olive oil
-2 cups onion, diced
-1 cup red bell pepper, chopped
-1 ¼ pounds ground turkey/chicken
-2 tbsp chilli powder
-1 tbsp cocoa
-1 tsp ground cumin
-Salt and pepper
-2 15 ounce cans pinto beans
-2 large tomatoes, diced
-14 ounces gluten free chicken broth
-2 chipotle chillies
-2 ounces chocolate (if you’re eating gluten free, check out the ingredients in the chocolate.  Some chocolate has gluten, while others don’t.  I use Hershey’s kisses, as they don’t have gluten.)

  1. Heat dutch oven and cover bottom with 2 tbsp olive oil
  2. Fry onion, red pepper, garlic, and turkey/chicken.  Saute until turkey/chicken is cooked throughout.
  3. Add chilli powder, cocoa, cumin, salt & pepper, pinto beans, tomatoes, chicken broth, and chillies.
  4. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. 
  5. Add chocolate and stir until melted

Yum yum yum!!!!!!!!!!  You can’t go wrong with a little chocolate in anything.  The great thing about this recipe is that you can take away or add any other vegetables you like, and it will still be delish.

The ingredients in this recipe are full of all different kinds of health benefits.  If you’ve been reading my blog, you already know the amazing benefits of red pepper – full of tons of vitamins and anti-oxidants!  Pinto beans are full of protein and healthy carbohydrates.  They also offer many different vitamins and minerals, such as Vitamin B9, magnesium, zinc, copper, and selenium.  These minerals help strengthen the immune system.  There are a lot of benefits to onions but there are specific health advantages to people with stomach or bowel problems.  Onions are known as a healing vegetable.  They are very rich in the antioxidant, quercitin,   Quercitin is an anti-infammatory and is known to inhibit stomach cancers.  Who can argue with these great benefits?


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