I wanted something rich.
I wanted something incredibly flavorful. I needed a selection of easy, healthy dinner recipes.Â And I wanted some chipotle peppers in my chili. I love the flavor of chipotle peppers, but sometimes the heat can be over powering. So I needed something to mellow the heat and add richness. I told my husband I was going to add a few secret ingredients, and when I told him the secret was coffee and cocoa he made a face at me like Iâ€™m a crazy woman. But I told himâ€¦ itâ€™s kind of like when you put vanilla in your chocolate chip cookie dough, you donâ€™t bite into the cookie and thinkâ€”oh yeah, thereâ€™s the vanillaâ€”but it adds a depth of flavor to the over-all cookie experience. Similarlyâ€¦ this chili doesnâ€™t taste like coffee or chocolate, however I think they add a mellow richness that seems to temper the heat of the chipotle peppers and enhance the flavor.
But this is a lot of talk and not enough chili in your mouth. So get to it. And tell me if you do not agree; this is GREAT chili.