Chocolate-Cinnamon Walnut Chili

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Ingredients Minutes Calories
Prep Cook Servings
10 min 4 h 10
Chocolate-Cinnamon Walnut Chili
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2 tbsp Olive Oil, Extra Virgin
1 medium Red onion (diced)
3 clove(s) Garlic (minced)
2 medium pepper(s) Jalapeno pepper (seeded & sliced)
1 tbsp Cinnamon (or more, to taste)
1 tbsp Cumin (or more, to taste)
1 tbsp Paprika, smoked
1 tsp Sea salt, fine
1 dash Black pepper
2 cup chopped Tomato (or one 15 oz can diced tomatoes)
1 can(s) (15oz) Tomato sauce, canned
2 cup Vegetable stock/broth, low sodium
1 cup Lentils, canned (drained & rinsed, or cooked brown lentils)
1 cup Red kidney beans, canned, drained (rinsed)
1 cup Lima beans, canned (or butter beans)
1 cup Walnuts
86 gm Dark chocolate
2 stick(s) Cinnamon


  1. In a large soup pot, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add the jalapenos, ground cinnamon, cumin, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper to taste and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes so the spices become fragrant.
  2. Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, stock, lentils, kidney beans, butter beans, walnuts, chocolate, and cinnamon sticks. Taste test while simmering; take out the cinnamon sticks when the desired flavor is reached or leave in for the full cooking time (I prefer this).
  3. Simmer over medium-low heat for 4 hours or more, until thickened. You may adjust the cook time depending on how thick you like your chili. If you prefer it on the thin side, add more stock.
  4. Before serving, pick out the cinnamon sticks and adjust seasonings to your taste (see "Notes" below), 


Optional garnishes: diced sweet onion, hot sauce, fresh cilantro, crushed walnuts.

Serve the chili over gluten-free pasta for a true Cincinnati flare.

Store in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator or freeze for 2 to 3 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Per Portion

Calories 244
Calories from fat 135
Calories from saturated fat 31
Total Fat 15.0 g
Saturated Fat 3.4 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 7.3 g
Monounsaturated Fat 6.3 g
Cholesterol 0.3 mg
Sodium 514 mg
Potassium 578 mg
Total Carbohydrate 23.1 g
Dietary Fiber 7.0 g
Sugars 6.3 g
Protein 7.8 g

Dietary servings

Per Portion

Meat Alternative 0.8
Vegetables 1.5

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