Frijole Mole Chili

  1. 2 cups coarsely chopped onions
    2 cloves garlic, minced
    2 tablespoons vegetable oil
    1 (15 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, rinsed and drained
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 (15 ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
    1 (28 oz.) can whole tomatoes, undrained, coarsely chopped
    1 large green bell pepper, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
    1 cup picante sauce
    2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  2. 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 teaspoon oregano leaves, crushed
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
    Dash of ground cloves (optional)
    Optional Toppings
    Sour cream
    Chopped cilantro
    Shredded Monterey jack cheese
  1. Cook onion and garlic in oil in large saucepan or Dutch oven until onion is tender but not brown.
  2. Add remaining ingredients except optional toppings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Uncover; continue to simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Ladle into bowls; garnish as desired and serve with additional picante sauce.
  5. Makes 6 servings

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases