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Chocolate-Kissed White Bean Chili - Recipe

from The Love Diet

The Love Diet by Juan-Carlos Cruz and Amy Reiley

Who ever thought a pot of homemade chili could be sexy? The Love Diet cookbook authors Juan-Carlos Cruz and Amy Reiley have taken this classic American concoction to a whole new sensual level with seductive ingredients like cinnamon, chocolate and açaí.

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 small yellow onion chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely minced
12 oz soy ground meat substitute*
2 tsp-1 tbsp chile powder
1 tsp ground cumin
1/4 tsp powdered cayenne pepper
1 16 oz can diced tomatoes
1 16 oz can white beans
1 c vegetable broth
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1 bay leaf
1/4 c pure açaí juice or fruit purée, (optional)**
1 oz bittersweet chocolate, grated (or chocolate chips)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
Salt to taste

*You can use ground beef or turkey if you prefer but you will get the optimal flavor and texture using the meat substitute. It makes superior chili, we swear!

**Açaí juice can be found in the refrigerated section of health food grocers, or sold with the frozen foods as a pure fruit puree. If you can't find the ingredient, you can leave it out, but we think it is the key to this delicious stew.

Serves 4-6

1. Heat vegetable oil in a large stockpot.

2. Sauté onions and celery until soft, about 3 minutes.

3. Add garlic and sauté for an additional minute.

4. Add ground soy, chile powder, cumin, cayenne, and sauté for 1 minute.

5. Stir in tomatoes, white beans vegetable broth, oregano, bay leaf and açaí juice or fruit purée. Bring to a boil then simmer, covered, for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. If chili gets too thick, stir in water 1/2 cup at a time until chili reaches desired thickness.

6. Remove bay leaf and stir in chocolate and cinnamon. Turn off heat and season with salt to taste before serving.

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