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Bean Chili with Walnuts & Chocolate

Friday night. Elsa is sleeping. Finally time to write that post we prepared earlier this week. I’ve been looking forward to share this recipe, as I am pretty certain that many of you will like it. This bean chili (or chili sin carne, as David calls it) is not only warm, comforting and spicy. It also has the most wonderful flavor from dark chocolate, coffee, red wine and crunchy walnuts. I seriously can’t think of a more perfect recipe to embrace autumn with.

I am dedicating this recipe to my brand new bike. Or to be more exact, to my brand new bike that got stolen three days ago. Aaaargh!!! I got to play with you for exactly 28 days. Thanks a lot.

And while I am on that subject. Let me tell you a short story about something stupid (but actually quite funny, a few days later): Remember that we were going to attend a wedding in Copenhagen. We had bought a really nice juice machine as a wedding gift. Elsa and I travelled ahead, so David was supposed to bring it with him when he flew down from Stockholm. He is a pretty distracted guy, so I emailed, called and texted him to make sure he wouldn’t forget it. As he arrived in Denmark he had actually remembered it! We met up at this restaurant (which was good, btw), and – my oh my – he also remembered to bring it with him as we left from there. When we arrived at the apartment he still carried the juice machine with him. I was wildly impressed by how he had been carrying a rather big and heavy juice machine with him that whole day. At the day of the wedding I asked him where he had put the wedding gift. He looked at me. Then looked around the apartment. Then looked at me again. “Damn, I left it on the street outside our door” …

Bean Chili with Walnuts & Chocolate
Serves 6-8

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, ghee or coconut oil
1 large yellow onion, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
2 tsp cumin seeds
1  fresh chili, minced (more if you like it spicy)
1 tsp ground paprika
1 tsp dried oregano
2 bell pepper, red & yellow, finely chopped
1 carrot, finely chopped
1 parsnip, peeled and finely chopped
2 large stalks of celery with top greens, finely chopped
1 1/2 cup (150 g) raw walnuts, very finely chopped
5 cups (800 g) cooked mixed beans (adzuki, kidney, black eye, borlotti)
2 x 400 g cans whole plum tomatoes
1 cup (240 ml) water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) red wine or balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup coffee (optional)
2 ounces (60 g) 80% dark chocolate, broken in pieces

For serving
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup (120 ml) plain yogurt
1 lime, quartered
4 corn tortillas, toasted

Start by preparing all vegetables. Heat oil in a large thick-bottomed saucepan or dutch oven. Add onion, garlic, cumin, chili, paprika and oregano, and let fry for a couple of minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spices smells fragrant. Be careful so they don’t burn. Add bell pepper, carrot, parsnip and celery, let cook for another couple of minutes. Add walnuts, beans, tomatoes, water and salt and let cook for 30 minutes more. Now add red wine, coffee and chocolate, stir around carefully and let cook for 5 more minutes. Taste and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Serve in bowls with a dollop of yogurt, fresh cilantro, lime and toasted corn tortilla.


  1. Valeria
    Posted 14 Sep ’12 at 22:03 | #

    Hello, this recipe looks absolutely gorgeous.
    Just wondering, do you use canned beans or do you cook them and then measure them (weigh them) out??
    Thanks :)

  2. Posted 14 Sep ’12 at 22:57 | #

    Wow, this chili looks amazing! Last time i had chocolate chili was when I went wine tasting and they had it as a sample, it was amazing! I can’t wait to try your recipe!

  3. Posted 14 Sep ’12 at 23:07 | #

    Sounds lovely! Can’t do coffee or saute in oil.. so will try this slightly modified to fit my diet. May I share?

  4. Posted 14 Sep ’12 at 23:16 | #

    OMG that would so happen to me. Well, my husband. He’s definitely the distracted on this fam- WHOA THAT LOOKS SO GOOD!

  5. Kathi
    Posted 14 Sep ’12 at 23:26 | #

    This looks so good! I was reading the recipe through and do you mean to use red wine or red wine vinegar? I’d like to make this over the weekend!
    Thanks for your help!

  6. Posted 14 Sep ’12 at 23:53 | #

    But did they end up getting the gift…?!

    The flavors in this sounds fantastic. What a lovely way to welcome fall!

    • Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 00:36 | #

      Nope, someone had stolen it. We got to tell our friends about how I forgot their present outside though. And we are sending a new gift straight to their home this time.

  7. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 00:04 | #

    Looks amazing!!!
    Cant wait to taste it :)
    By coffee you mean filtered?

    Great blog, well done!

    • Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 01:13 | #

      Hi Van, yes we mean filtered coffee. You could also use a shot of espresso and some extra water.

  8. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 00:47 | #

    Oh I’m so terribly sorry to hear that your new bike was stolen. I hate to hear stuff like that. This recipe looks wonderful – I’m looking forward to trying it soon!

  9. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 01:08 | #

    so perfect! It’s 98′ here this weekend but I will welcome this soup when it cools down!

  10. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 02:11 | #

    now see i don’t like beans but if served with walnut and chocolate I might just eat the whole bowl!

  11. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 02:42 | #

    Wow, this looks so amazing! And since I have all the ingredients at home I’m definitely making this this weekend. Its gotten cooler and this would be perfect.

  12. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 03:03 | #

    Walnut in chili sound like such a great idea. I wonder what they would taste like in larger pieces, if they softened up a bit. Thanks for the great recipe and beautiful pictures to accompany.

  13. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 04:01 | #

    This is absolutely lovely sounding! So unique too!

  14. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 06:31 | #

    Sorry to hear about the bike and the long-lost juice machine… the chili looks amazing though!

  15. Francesca
    Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 12:45 | #

    Sounds so tasty!! I’ll try it soon

  16. Agnese
    Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 13:24 | #

    Lovely recipe – perfect for cold autumn days!

    I also love your jumper :) its do beautiful!

  17. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 13:49 | #

    This chili looks wonderful! And the addition of chocolate is an added bonus.

  18. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 15:09 | #

    Sorry about the bike! and sorry about the gift, though… it does make for a nice story to talk over a mug of this delicious meat free chili… which I am really looking forward making myself!

  19. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 17:10 | #

    Oh, I love chili in the fall/winter! Right up there with hearty stews. Sorry to hear about your bike, what a bummer. You should get a new one :)

  20. Dagmar
    Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 17:52 | #

    Hi Elsa, Luise and David!

    I was wondering how much chocolate you used for the recipe – I certainly don’t have A CLUE about the amount. :-)

    <I would really appreciate an answer!

    Dagmar, Denmark

    • Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 18:10 | #

      Hi Dagmar!
      The recipe calls for 70 g. Most dark chocolate bars are 100 g, we used about 3/4 of a bar. We chose an 80% dark chocolate, but use what you prefer.
      Happy cooking!

  21. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 21:35 | #

    Poor David. That sounds like something I would do. I’m a meat lover, and can’t imagine chili without meat- but your pot of chili looks amazing and I will have to give it a go!

  22. Posted 15 Sep ’12 at 23:19 | #

    Oh my Lord..this looks sinfully amazing! I am always looking for healthy energy packed recipes, as well as meals that will satisfy the carnivore that I am married to and our carno-veggie kids. :) This will be a hit. Thanks for sharing this idea.

    I also blog about recipes and the healthy vegetarian lifestyles at http://thelivelyvegetarian.blogspot.com/ if you are interested.

    Thanks again!

  23. Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 00:48 | #

    This sounds perfect. I love the richness of the chocolate and the addition of the walnuts too.

  24. Liz B
    Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 01:54 | #

    I don’t think I’ve ever bean more excited to try one of your recipes!!! And i have pretty much all the ingredients in, fate! Soo sorry about your bike, how rubbish! xx

  25. Lyle
    Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 04:58 | #

    Thank you for this amazing tasting chili. I was looking for a recipe to share with friends (one who is vegetarian) and this one appeared with perfect timing. I modified it a bit using hazelnuts, fresh tomatoes, and Ghirardelli 86% chocolate (45g instead of 70g). Compliment it with a glass of Zinfandel and freshly made cornbread and it’s an awesome dinner!

  26. TFB
    Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 09:46 | #

    I would never have thought of that combination, it looks amazing and I cannot wait to try it out! Thanks xx

  27. Sini
    Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 14:32 | #

    Wow! This seems like an incredible recipe. Perfect for the colder getting days. I’m so sorry for your loss, Luise. I know how it is to loose a bike pal… :( And the thing with the juicer… Dammit. But kind of funny nevertheless. Will come back and tell you how I liked the chili!

  28. Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 17:52 | #

    I’ve never tried chocolate chili, but now I can’t resist! And I’ve been exploring exotic beans all week so it must be fate. Many thanks for sharing the recipe!

  29. Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 18:07 | #

    Dear you guys:

    thank you so much for this recipe, and for everything! Your food and thoughts are so lovely, and I laughed loudly about the “chili sin carne” – perhaps, I embarrassed myself a little.

    Visiting your site makes me so happy and inspired. Whenever I feel bored with my cooking I see what you all are up to, and you never disappoint. Much love!

  30. Posted 17 Sep ’12 at 11:00 | #

    Chocolate makes a chili sooo much more flavourful! I always add some good dark cacao powder to my chili, plus a good measure of red wine.. oh gosh! i havent tried adding walnuts though, sounds really interesting and will try next time!

  31. Posted 17 Sep ’12 at 17:18 | #

    This looks yummy and easy. Thanks for sharing.

  32. Cristine
    Posted 18 Sep ’12 at 10:28 | #

    Thank you for this recipe. I made it yesterday, it’s wonderful! The walnuts give it a lovely texture, and the chocolate makes it really dark and autumny. I had it with guacamole, very nice!
    Thanks again!

  33. Posted 18 Sep ’12 at 22:28 | #

    It must be due to the weather in Sweden or something but I’ve been in the mood for chili all week. I love having both chocolate and espresso in mine but have never tried it with walnuts as well. Sounds divine!
    I love the food at BioMio and it has become my favorite place to grab a bit in Copenhagen. :)

  34. Posted 18 Sep ’12 at 23:14 | #

    Läste om er blogg i Elle mat och vin men hittade inte hit förens nu! Så fin och fräsch! Jag kommer garanterat att titta in här för inspiration!

  35. Kelsey
    Posted 19 Sep ’12 at 15:03 | #

    This looks amazing, was wondering if this freezes well? Also do you think I could follow the same instructions with a crock pot?

    • Posted 19 Sep ’12 at 15:08 | #

      Hi Kelsey!
      Thanks, yes it freezes very well. You can easily use a crock pot and follow the same instructions.
      Happy cooking!

  36. Rosalind Dibley
    Posted 20 Sep ’12 at 02:51 | #

    looks truly delicious and just as nice in those lovely days of spring we are having at the moment on the other side of the world in Aotearoa. Been thinking I need to do a chilli recipe to use up the capsicums in the chest freezer before we start collecting them again.

  37. Posted 20 Sep ’12 at 17:32 | #

    Good luck with your cookery book:-)!

  38. Posted 22 Sep ’12 at 16:20 | #

    I have a pot of your chili on the stove as we speak and it smells amazing! Can’t wait to tuck into it later on for dinner. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. :)

  39. Rikke
    Posted 22 Sep ’12 at 21:09 | #

    Just made it! It’s got so much flavour!! Love it!! It is creamy and heavy though – so just know what you bargain for – perfect winter meal (and so easy to make too)!!

  40. Posted 22 Sep ’12 at 22:51 | #

    Made this on Thursday. What a unique idea to pair typical chili ingredients with wine, chocolate, coffee, and walnuts. It was like dessert, dinner, and drink all in one dish! The chili had a fabulously rich flavor. Oh, and it made lots too (8 servings for me instead of the 4-6 suggested).

  41. Posted 24 Sep ’12 at 20:23 | #

    Love the addition of chocolate in this, must try it!

  42. Posted 26 Sep ’12 at 08:17 | #

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! I tried a chili with espresso and chocolate just yesterday. Tasted really awesome – a great combination of flavors.

  43. Elisabeth
    Posted 26 Sep ’12 at 10:47 | #

    I’m going to Sweden tomorrow for the weekend, and we’re planning on making this – it looks so delicious, and perfect for an autumn weekend in Sweden! :D

  44. Posted 26 Sep ’12 at 20:13 | #

    Wow. This looks incredible! And so entirely perfect for the fall!

  45. Posted 4 Oct ’12 at 17:35 | #

    So sorry to hear about the bikes!

    Love this! I’m making it tonight! Though we don’t drink alcohol or coffee. What would be good substitutions for those?

    Thanks so much!

  46. Posted 5 Oct ’12 at 11:25 | #

    I cooked this Chili a few weeks ago and loved it! The red wine and chocolate add a great depht to the dish. Thank you for sharing!


  47. Erin
    Posted 9 Oct ’12 at 02:32 | #

    Made this last night and the chocolate was a bit overpowering- would recommend decreasing the chocolate by at least half, or maybe omitting it altogether. prior to adding the chocolate it was so beautiful in the pot!

  48. Posted 14 Oct ’12 at 03:30 | #

    I love chilli! Especially on a cold day. I’ve never had it with walnuts or chocolate so I will have to give this a go. :)

  49. Kate
    Posted 18 Oct ’12 at 06:57 | #

    thank you for sharing. Sounds amazing. I wondered if you know how much 150g and 800g is in cup form? Thank you :)

  50. Posted 23 Oct ’12 at 17:08 | #

    Made this a second time and can’t get enough. Hosted a couple girlfriends from Denver and they both said it was the best chili they’ve eaten. Me too! Thank you GKS!

  51. Kai
    Posted 24 Oct ’12 at 13:18 | #


    First, I just came across your website (through a link on http://www.mylifelovefood.com/), and I LOVE IT. It’s so beautiful, and as a fellow no-sugar-eating, whole-grain-loving vegetarian, it’s *exactly* the kind of thing I get excited about.

    Quick question about this recipe – at what point do you add the vinegar? Is it with the tomatoes and water, or later, with the wine?

    Thank you!


  52. Posted 25 Oct ’12 at 06:02 | #

    Thanks a lot for this recipe.
    I bought beans yesterday and wanted to make a chili sin carne. Now I stumbled upon your creation and I think it will inspire me to create something unique! :-)
    Thank you for your inspiration and your blog.

  53. Posted 30 Oct ’12 at 20:28 | #

    oh my! What happened to the wedding gift!
    Nice chili too, will try that one.

  54. Caitlyn
    Posted 10 Jan ’13 at 01:27 | #

    Sounds and looks amazing! I’m having a hard time figuring out about how many cups the 800g of cooked beans are, do you about how many cups that would be?

    Thank you so much!! Many blessings :).

    • Posted 10 Jan ’13 at 21:10 | #

      Hi Caitlyn, thanks for your comment, 800g cooked beans is around 5 cups.
      Happy cooking

  55. Caitlyn
    Posted 10 Jan ’13 at 23:37 | #

    Thank you so much! Greatly appreciate it. Looking forward to trying this out.

    May you have an amazing day :).

  56. C
    Posted 16 Jan ’13 at 09:48 | #

    Just want to make sure i read it right- it only takes a cup of water?

    Thanks. Looks yummy :)

    • Posted 16 Jan ’13 at 17:32 | #

      Hi C, yes that is right. Only 1 cup water. But coffee, wine and tomatoes also adds liquid to it.
      Hope you like it!

  57. Posted 18 Jan ’13 at 21:42 | #

    Dear David, Luise and Elsa,
    I made this soup for a vegan coop meal and it was a big hit. the depth of flavors is phenomenal and the leftovers were even better the next day. I’m curious though, do you ever make corn bread to go with your chili? I know it’s not as much of a thing in most of Europe, but if you all do make it I would love to know your recipe. Thank you so much for the endless culinary inspiration that is your website.
    All the best,

  58. Posted 27 Feb ’13 at 12:12 | #

    Hi, this recipe looks lovely!
    Having a partner who is vegetarian this will go down well i’m sure. Do you know if it would be ok stored in portions and frozen if not eaten all at once?
    Many thanks

  59. Posted 14 Mar ’13 at 16:46 | #

    This looks amazing! But-I’m not the biggest fan of nuts, but I’m vegetarian. Do you think this meal contains enough protein without the nuts? Or maybe it would be good with some pine nuts?

    • Posted 14 Mar ’13 at 17:01 | #

      Yes, you could definitely try it without nuts. I would perhaps add some sunflower seeds instead. They would add a similar crunch to the texture as the walnuts.

  60. Tahlia Nicole
    Posted 15 Apr ’13 at 14:16 | #

    My tummy couldn’t be happier! My bubba and I enjoyed this to the max exactly how you suggested; cilantro, yogurt and tortillas! We also enjoyed an extra glass of red on the side :) I’m forever grateful for your amazing recipes and beautiful family stories <3

  61. Posted 17 May ’13 at 16:04 | #

    I like the way you use chocolate and walnuts! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!!

  62. Anitoula
    Posted 24 Jun ’13 at 22:00 | #

    Made this today. Absolutely delish!! And so filling! Hope I can freeze it, or I’ll be eating chilli for the rest of he week :)

  63. Kate
    Posted 16 Jul ’13 at 10:18 | #

    I made this last night (despite the heat). Even my carnivorous flat mate loved it! The walnuts give it such a yummy crunch.

  64. Ajsoares
    Posted 7 Aug ’13 at 15:02 | #

    Finally tried this – the combination of chocolate, wine and coffee was irresistible! Will definitely make again :)

  65. Posted 20 Sep ’13 at 17:57 | #

    Dears David, Luise & Elsa, i’ve recreated this *délicieuse* recipe at home, everyone enjoyed it *beaucoup*. Would you mind if I posted the recipe on my blog, with my photographs and, of course, links to your original recipe? I usually post my own recipes, but this one was such a hit!!! I’d prefer not to ask you in the comment section but there’s no other way to reach you :-). Many thanks from France!

  66. Djoeke
    Posted 20 Oct ’13 at 11:52 | #

    Made this yesterday and it was very good. :)
    Thank you for the recipe.

  67. Posted 10 Dec ’13 at 16:10 | #

    This looks amazing! Please visit my new kitchen worktops website. Many Thanks. http://www.mg-granite.co.uk

  68. Emma Stinson
    Posted 20 Jan ’14 at 22:11 | #

    We made this tonight for our evening meal- and it was more than worth the time it took to chop and prepare all the veggies! We substituted out the parsnip [ not so easy to find in Austria at this time of year] for some radishes and courgette. This was the most fun I’ve had preparing a big veggie dish in ages, and it contains my three favourite things: dark chocolate, red wine, and coffee. The walnuts add a nice earthy touch.
    A super recipe- I’m sharing it with friends! Love your website.

  69. Isabelle
    Posted 2 Feb ’14 at 20:45 | #


    i just tried this out, but i replaced the celery with pumpkin ( there was no celery in reasonable portion to be found at the supermarket, but they sold small pumpkin slices) ..
    I really loved this dish, i actually had enough for a few more days and didnt get tired of it really .. really loved loved loved it!!!!!

  70. Rosemary Hardy
    Posted 4 Feb ’14 at 20:31 | #

    Just discovered your blog. This bean chilli with chocolate was simply delicious. So rich and satisfying. I lived in Stockholm for twenty years!I have had various periods of my life as a vegetarian, but always somehow ended up going back to eating meat. Now I’m really looking out for inspiring ways to cook more and more veggie again.Thank you! (I made the beetroot burgers the other day, and they went down very well too!)Rosemary

  71. Hannah Foley
    Posted 15 Feb ’14 at 10:38 | #

    Loved it! Added red wine, coffee and little cinnamon and the combination of flavours was perfect. Halved the amount of chocolate and I think the flavour was spot on. Thanks for another fabulous recipe :)

  72. Sabrina
    Posted 20 Feb ’14 at 15:52 | #

    I made this for my meat-loving Danish boyfriend and he loved it! Making it again today by request. Thank you for adding some spice into my everyday life; learning how to cook creative meals has been really fun with this web site!!!!

  73. Olivia
    Posted 6 Mar ’14 at 00:52 | #

    This is an absolutely gorgeous recipe. This is my first of your recipes I’ve tried and certainly won’t be my last! Thank you for your recipes, I can’t wait to try more!

  74. JON
    Posted 6 Mar ’14 at 19:38 | #


  75. Jessica eucalyptus
    Posted 16 Mar ’14 at 13:58 | #

    I made this dish last night and it was so beautiful that I was almost in tears. Sometimes you find the truly perfect food to match your emotions and this was it. Love it, 10/10, thank you.

  76. rosanna morrell
    Posted 17 Mar ’14 at 23:05 | #

    This is the best veggie chilli I have tried to date! what a fantastic recipe, the addition of walnuts really added to the incredible flavours of this dish. Thank you for yet another brilliant dish, I love your work its inspirational :) xx

  77. Tove
    Posted 18 Mar ’14 at 21:09 | #

    This recipe could be the one to make me turn 100% vegetarian. Best chili I ever had!!! THANKS!

  78. Regina
    Posted 16 Jun ’14 at 11:51 | #

    This is a truly delicious chili! I didn’t get parsnip, though, and added a cup of sweet corn. As I was in a bit of a hurry the walnuts remained a bit chunky, but I think I’ll have them chunky for the next time, too. ;-)
    Thanks for this wonderful recipe!


  79. Posted 4 Sep ’14 at 21:47 | #

    Noticed your post on chili/chilies. I am hosting an Internet Chili Cooking competition and wanted to see if you were interested in participating. Details can be found here: http://rantingchef.com/2014/08/29/announcing-the-diced-chili-cook-off/. If you are interested, send me an email at [email protected]

  80. Narda
    Posted 24 Oct ’14 at 19:05 | #

    Hi there,

    The recipes from your blog I have tries so far have been great, so I had
    faith in this one too. However, I must say my boyfriend and I really did not like it! I’m sorry, maybe it’s just not our kind of flavour, but I thought it might be worthwhile to post this.
    The chocolate (I used 73%) made it just a bit..well, odd I suppose, not sweet the taste lingered a bit too much. The bits of walnut that had been simmering away were quite bitter, too.
    The whole combination did not really work for us, even though neither of us are very picky eaters at all (and I’m pretty sure I followed the recipe correctly, I’m quite the hobby-cook).

    Just thought I’d mention this, in case readers are wondering if anyone has tried to make the dish and how it turned out, because all I see is comments from people who just say it sounds good.
    I really like your site and will continue to try your recipes for sure, because this is only the first miss after quite some successes!

  81. sharon serne
    Posted 6 Dec ’14 at 19:37 | #

    Saw this chilli and had to make it. The flavours of coffee, wine and dark chocolate made me do it!I am a HUGE chilli fan yet my husband is not. I have a tried and true recipe from my sister that I have been using for years which he finds to be overwhelming. This chilli had the perfect balance of fresh crunchy veg and yummy spices. Was doubtful halfway through the process, but when the chocolate, coffee and wine were added all the flavours richen and come together. Served it with home made corn muffins topped with honey butter and coleslaw. The lime and corriander bring this dish close to perfection. Thanks for a chilli recipe we both enjoy! P.S. The bike thing sucks!

  82. sharon serne
    Posted 6 Dec ’14 at 19:39 | #

    Just to clarify.That would be a side of coleslaw. Not coleslaw on the muffin-that’s just silly!

  83. B
    Posted 11 Dec ’14 at 08:55 | #


    I’m preparing this meal for my birthday dinner (tomorrow) and was wondering if it will be just as good if you cook it the day before and put it in the fridge overnight? I’m a little afraid that the beans will get too soft in texture if you boil it twice. Have you tried?

    Love your website and book!

  84. Posted 24 Jan ’15 at 10:02 | #

    Talk about hot chocolate! Does the whole thing taste fiery hot or just tolerable?

  85. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 06:06 | #

    I tried this with more chilli and eating it feels like having a lighter lit in my mouth. It was amazing!

  86. Jana
    Posted 16 Mar ’15 at 20:27 | #

    I tried this recipe today for the dinner. I just didn´t use carrot and wine and replaced nuts with sweet corn. The taste is really specific but I am kinda falling in love with it! Thank you for such an amazing recipe :)

  87. Sofia
    Posted 22 Mar ’15 at 01:54 | #

    Wow such great flavours, just loved this recipe! I did an alternate version of the recipe without the chocolate & coffee. Added fresh corn, 1/2 tsp of grounded coriander and some tomato paste to get the sauce a little thicker. I served it with fresh coriander, avocado on top and lime, it was pure bliss! Thanks for sharing this one, will definitely put it in my favorites :)

  88. Ana
    Posted 22 Oct ’15 at 09:15 | #

    Hi and tanks you so much for this recipe ! she’s just so tasty !

  89. sarah
    Posted 7 Dec ’15 at 18:15 | #

    If I’m using ground chicken instead of beef, and have a nut allergy would all the flavours still work with the chicken?

  90. ibo
    Posted 29 Jan ’16 at 12:42 | #


  91. Sira-Jeanne
    Posted 13 Aug ’16 at 03:30 | #

    I prepare this chili on a regular basis and sometimes I replace the walnuts with beef. I replace the fresh chili with a paste made from a mix of dried chiles (passilla, mulato and/or guajillo). Combined with the wine and chocolate, it gives a deep flavor to the dish and it’s wonderful!

  92. Val
    Posted 13 Sep ’16 at 17:22 | #

    I will try this recipe tonight. However I would like to know how many cups or fl oz a 400g can of plum tomatoes is?? Our cans in Canada are either 14 or 28 fl oz.
    Many thanks

    • Posted 13 Sep ’16 at 23:24 | #

      Hi Val, a 400 g can is 14 oz.

    • Sira-Jeanne
      Posted 13 Sep ’16 at 23:24 | #

      Bonjour from Montréal, Val! I use a 27 onces can of tomatoes when I prepare this chili, but I don’t add the cup of water. Au plaisir!

  93. Posted 6 Oct ’16 at 14:36 | #

    Hello from the South of England. I found this recipe months ago and keep it bookmarked because I make it so often. It’s absolutely delicious and I always make a big pot to freeze or store some for leftovers. One tip: do try adding some Worcestershire sauce. It just adds another little something!
    Other than that it was just about time to say thank you for a brilliant staple in my routine!

  94. Naomi
    Posted 11 Jan ’17 at 06:51 | #

    A friend from work introduced me to Green Kitchen Stories a few years ago when I first started learning about vegetarian cooking/reducing sugar. Since then 98% of my family’s meals are your recipes, they are just so delicious and I enjoy cooking every new recipe because I know it’s going to be amazing. I have all your books, apps, love reading your posts and tell everyone about you.
    This dish is one of our favourites…but there are so many! Thank you for the amazing work you do!!

  95. Nathalie
    Posted 6 Mar ’18 at 13:14 | #

    How much balsamic vinegar should be used if you use this instead of wine? Thank you.
    Kind regards

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