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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Cocoa-Coconut Chili + Chili Cook-Off

Last night was my first time participating in a Chili Cook-off!  I had no idea what type of Chili to bring but knew I wanted to incorporate a unique ingredient.... Coconut!

After some blog reading and recipe searches I found the perfect inspiration on Goodness and Goodies.

Cocoa- Coconut White Bean Chili!
Cocoa-Coconut Chili

Cocoa-Coconut White Bean Chili (with a few of my modifications, adapted from Goodness and Goodies)
My modifications included: MORE Cocoa and MORE Chili powder.

1-1.5 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups sweet onion, diced
1 1/2 cups celery, diced
3/4 cup red or yellow bell peppers, diced
4-6 medium cloves garlic
2 tbsp mild chili powder
2 TB sea salt
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground cloves
5 TB Dutch-processed cocoa powder
1 cans (28 oz) diced tomatoes (drained)
1 can (14 oz) small white beans (drained)
1 can (14 oz) pinto beans (drained)
1 can (14 oz) kidney beans (drained)
1 can (14 oz) light coconut milk
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1 cup frozen corn kernels
4-5 TB organic cane sugar

In a large pot on medium heat, add oil, onion, celery, peppers, garlic, salt & pepper, chili powder, cinnamon, and allspice, stir to combine. Cover and cook for 7-9 minutes, stirring occasionally; reduce heat if onions start to burn. When onions start to soften, add cocoa and stir for 1-2 minutes, then add tomatoes, beans, coconut milk, and stir to combine. Increase heat to bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in corn kernels and cane sugar, and cook another 5 minutes to heat through. Remove cover and let liquid reduce if desired. Season to taste with additional salt, pepper, and/or chili powder.  Pour Coconut Flakes on top.
Me and my coconut goodness!
I seriously wanted to drink it with all the creamy cocoa and coconut milk!
AND..... It was Bryan-approved! :-)

In fact Bryan asked me to make a whole pot for just us sometime.  Wow! 

The winners will be announced next week.  Fingers crossed, I'll let you know how it goes!

Today's Workout:
5 mile run at 8min mile pace (yes, this is my morning trend these days haha)
I love getting my workout in first thing in the morning because I have the rest of the day to reap the benefits!  I also like having my evenings to spend with Bryan and friends without feeling guilty for missing out on exercise.  

Have you had any unique dishes lately? 

Do you prefer morning or evening workouts?

Are you a coconut fan?


  1. I am definitely a coconut fan, but I'm intrigued about adding it to chili.

    I love morning workouts. Although, I've had some very enjoyable/exhilarating evening workouts--if I can get my stomach to cooperate!

  2. Girl its so GOOD! Try it ;-) The coconut milk really makes it creamy. I think I will add chicken next time though for added protein.