Chocolate Chili With Pinto Beans

Yield: 6 Servings

1 1/2 lb lean pork,diced fine or
1 lean pork,Coarsely Ground
1 1/2 lb lean beef,diced fine or
1 lean beef,Coarsely Ground
1/4 c olive oil
5 md onions,chopped coarse
2 c tomato juice
3 c ,water
5 T chili powder,or to taste
3 T cumin,Ground
3 T oregano
3 T unsweetened cocoa powder
3 T cinnamon
1 t salt (or to taste),optional
2 T garlic,chopped fine
3 T white cornmeal
2 cn pinto beans (1 lb each)-drained and,Rinsed
1 onion,chopped
1 lettuce,Shredded
1 flour tortillas

In a large saute pan or flameproof caserole, cook the pork and beef
over moderate heat, stirring frequently, until both meats lose their
pink color but are not browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer to a bowl
and set aside. Heat the oil in the same pan until rippling and add
the onions. Saute stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent,
10 minutes.

Stir the reserved meat into the onions. Add the tomato juice, 3
cups of water, the chili powder, cumin, oregano, cocoa, cinnamon, and
salt (optional). Blend. Turn the heat to high and bring to the boil;
reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
Taste for seasoning. Add more chili powder if you like your chili
really hot. Cook 30 minutes longer. Stir in the garlic,
cornmeal, and beans. Simmer for 10 minutes more until the beans are
heated through.

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