Never had chili soup with chipotle and chocolate before? Chili soup is, in general, a comfort food perfect for the cold nights. When you add smoky chipotle chiles and earthy unsweetened chocolate to it, you add unexpected depth and richness to this hearty chili. I like chili with all kind of ground meats.
I made it in the past with the traditional ground beef, but also with ground pork or turkey. I tend to use whatever I have available in the pantry and get creative with the ingredients.
Serve this soup with a dollop of sour cream on top, some chopped green onions and a good stout beer and you will have a wonderful comforting meal to warm up your belly.
- 1 large onion chopped
- 1-2 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2-3 garlic cloves
- 1½ lb ground beef(you can use pork or turkey if you prefer)
- 1 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tsp cumin
- ¼ tsp cinnamon
- ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
- salt to taste
- 2 cans(15 oz) pinto beans rinsed and drained
- OR 1 can pinto beans and 1 can black beans
- 2 cans diced tomatoes undrained
- 1 chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce and minced
- 2 oz unsweetened chocolate chopped
- 2-3 cups water as necessary
- Sour cream and chopped green onion to serve
- Heat a Dutch-oven over medium high heat.
- Add the vegetable oil and the ground meat.
- Brown the meat, then add onion and garlic and cook until vegetables become translucent.
- Add cocoa powder, cumin, cinnamon, ground pepper and chipotle chile. Mix well.
- Add the drained beans and the diced tomatoes.
- Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for about 15 minutes stirring occasionally.
- Taste for salt. Add chocolate and stir until melt.
- Optional: Serve in bowls with sour cream and chopped green onions.