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The Unexpected Secret Ingredient You Need to Make the Best Chili

You just can't beat a good bowl of hearty chili - serve it with a pile of shredded cheese, a dollop of sour cream, and some chopped scallions and you got yourself a very satisfying meal.

Everyone seems to have their favorite versions, but the secret ingredient that rarely gets mentioned is cocoa powder. It might sound strange, but the chocolate flavor can deepen and round out the flavors of your chili, making it more complex and interesting. Of course, a little goes a long way, so you start with a tablespoon or two and see how you like it. You might find that you enjoy the way your chili tastes with a little bit of chocolate added in!

Not only does adding chocolate to chili give it a richer, more complex flavor - it can also help to balance out the heat from the chili peppers.

When serving chili with tomatoes, you may want to use dark chocolate or semisweet chocolate to balance out the flavors.

Because of their high levels of cocoa solids, dark chocolate can help prevent the acidity of tomatoes and peppers that you may be eating. Many antioxidants found in chocolate can be beneficial in the fight against free radicals in the body. It has also been shown to reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow.


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