Traditional Texas-style chili is made only with meat, chile peppers, and tomatoes. But over the years, I have put some strange things in chili. Beer, peanut butter, butternut squash, sweet potatoes, and all kinds of beans, from standards like pinto and black beans to slightly off-the-wall legumes like chickpeas, have made their way into my fire engine red Dutch oven. Even still, with the variety of ingredients that one can toss into a pot of chili, I could not have imagined the day when I would add both oatmeal and cocoa powder into my chili.
Thanks to my friend Jen who posted the link on Facebook saying it was her favorite chili, I now have a healthy, antioxidant-full go-to recipe. The oatmeal makes it a thicker chili than a lot of other vegetarian chilis, and it does look surprisingly like ground turkey. I couldn’t taste a lot of the cocoa powder over the chili powder and chipotle sauce, so next time I might use a darker cocoa to really get that mole flavor.
Spicy Mole Oatmeal Chili
source: Natural Health
Yields 4-6 servings
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup chopped yellow onion
½ cup diced carrots
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with cilantro and lime or with basil and garlic
2 15.5-ounce cans low-sodium dark-red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 tablespoon best-quality unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons chipotle en adobo sauce
1½ cups rolled oats
7 ounces water
4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pot.
- Cook onions and carrots until onions are translucent but not brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Season with salt.
- Add tomatoes to the pot, then add rinsed beans.
- Add cocoa and chili powder until the powders are completely incorporated into the mixture. Add chipotle sauce.
- Add the rolled outs and about half the water. Cook for about 5 minutes and add water as necessary. You want a thick consistency.
- Cook for about 5 to 10 minutes more, until oats break down.
- Serve in individual bowls with a sprinkle of cheese on top.