Recipe by Um Safia
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this recipe! Having eaten this chili twice before I am now a very happy bunny that I've finally managed to get hold of the recipe. To be honest, I actually had no idea that this chili has chocolate in, please don't leave it out - it really brings out all the flavours! Edited 10/06/09 to add: I made this chili this week & it turned out perfectly. As I was feeding 2 small children I reduced the chili powder to about 2 tbsp which was fine for them. Only other change was that I used red kidney beans in place of the pinto beans......The leftovers were great the next day.
- 2 rotisserie-cooked chicken (medium store bought rotisserie)
- 2 quarts chicken broth
- 6 tablespoons vegetable oil (or canola)
- 2 large brown onions, diced
- 2⁄3 cup chili powder (yes, it reallysays that! However start with 1/4 cup)
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons ground cumin
- 1 1⁄2 tablespoons dried oregano
- 2 (28 ounce) cans crushed tomatoes (with juice)
- 2 (16 ounce) cans pinto beans, rinsed and drained
- 6 -8 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, roughly chopped
- 3 tablespoons cornmeal
Directions See How It's Made
- Prepare the chickens by pulling all the meat from the bones and tearing into bite sized pieces. Reserve the bones and skin.
- Combine the chicken bones and skin, chicken broth and 4 cups of water in a large pot and bring to a boil over a medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low, partially cover and simmer until the bones release their flavour - about 30 minutes. Strain the broth into a large bowl, now discard the bones and skin.
- Heat oil in a large roasting pan set over 2 burners on medium-high heat. Add onions and saute until soft - about 5 minutes. Add chili powder, cumin and oregano, reduce heat to a medium-low & cook, stirring until spices are fragrant; 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in chicken, tomatoes and broth; bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally to blend the flavours, for about 30-40 minutes.
- Stir in the beans, garlic and chocolate, simmer to blend flavours for about 5 minutes. Sprinkle the cornmeal over the chili, stir in and simmer for a further 2-3 minutes or until it has thickened up.
- Turn off the heat, cover and let stand for about 5 minutes.
- Ladle into bowls and serve immediately with your choice of accompaniments.