Chilli was something we had quite a lot at home when I was growing up, but they were nothing like this one! I did very much enjoy my mum’s chilli, but I wanted to do a different take on it and add some more ingredients.
Dean has always said chilli is boring! I have to disagree on that one – chilli can be an amazing meal if made well. He likes variety when it comes to food, so chilli has to come with some of the extras in our house – add in guacamole, sour cream, rice or tacos and he is happy!
Dark chocolate is something I’ve recently gotten into and have been reading and researching about its benefits. It’s actually very good for you, when you eat it little and often (not a whole bar a day it’s all about moderation!). Dark chocolate has a lot of nutrients if you buy good quality with a high cocoa content. It contains a decent amount of soluble fibre and is loaded with minerals.
It may improve blood flow and lower blood pressure plus consuming dark chocolate can improve several important factors of heart disease. But of course this doesn’t mean we should all go out and eat lots of chocolate every day, it’s still got calories and is easy to over eat on. Maybe have a square or two after dinner or in this case add it to the meal itself. To get the benefits of eating dark chocolate you need to choose quality organic chocolate with 70% or higher cocoa content. Dark chocolate will often contain some sugar but the amount is usually very small. The general rule of thumb is the darker the chocolate the less sugar it will contain and the less of it you need to be satisfied.
So what better a way to add chocolate to your tea time meal than to add a few squares to your chilli! The taste of the chocolate is very mild but it adds great flavours along with depth and colour. I would definitely recommend trying it!