This is a warming and delicious chili, for a chilly January day or evening. It’s also healthy as the cacao powder is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron Also very satisfying with lots of fiber, complex carbs and protein for those of you that want a new fresh start after all the festivities during the holidays but still want to feel full.
(Serves 8 to 10 persons)
- 1 large yam, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
- 3 cans of organic black beans, drained and rinsed (or 4 cups freshly cooked)
- 1 28 ounces can fire roasted crushed tomatoes (if you can’t find these I use regular can crushed tomatoes)
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 red capsicum (bell pepper), de-seeded and chopped
- 1 medium red onion, diced
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons of Himalayan salt (or sea salt)
- 1 lime, juiced and zested
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao powder (is a top source of antioxidants, and it contains an abundance of magnesium and iron)
- 1 cup chopped coriander (cilantro) for garnish *optional
The following are optional but recommended see notes*
- dash of cayenne * Boost the immune system, helps to stimulate digestion and metabolism to name a few.
- dash of turmeric * Full of anti-inflammatory, antioxidants and many other health benefits.
- Using a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium heat and sauté garlic, red onion, red capsicum, and salt until soft (about 4-5 minutes).
- Add the cumin, and chili powder stiring to combine for about another minute.
- Add chopped yam and lime zest cooking for about 10 more minutes, stirring occasionaly.
- Add the tomatoes, black beans, lime juice, and cocoa powder.
- Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes, or until yams are soft.
- If desired top with chopped coriander and a squeeze of lime. Serve over brown rice or with gluten corn bread.
* This tastes even better the next day for lunches.
* I do a lot of batch cooking and this is one of my staples, so I make a large batch and freeze about half the batch for those days for simplicity.