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December 17, 2010

Last night, my sister and I met my friend Ellie for a spin class at our local Y.  This is the second one we’ve been to—we went to one over Thanksgiving as well.  I’m loving these classes, but holy HECK they are hard! I feel like I was sweating buckets last night…but in the best way possible!

We came home from one hot situation and jumped into another.  My mom made a big pot of black bean chili while we were spinning, and it was great—but spicy, spicy, SPICY!  You could definitely tone down the spice if you don’t like sweating over your soup bowl…but I thought it was perfect!

Black Bean Chili


2 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 red bell pepper, chopped

1 can rotel chilies (mild, medium, or hot)

2 tbsp. chile powder

1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper

1 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. coriander

1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 cups vegetable stock

salt and pepper to taste

2 oz. unsweetened dark chocolate


In a heavy-bottomed pot, heat olive oil.  Add onions and garlic and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add bell pepper, chilies, and black beans, and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add spices, cooking for another 2-3 minutes.  Add vegetable stock and salt and pepper, and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for about 40 minutes, until chili has reduced and thickened.

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To go along with the salsa, my mom made an avocado salsa combining store-bough salsa with avocado cubes and cilantro.  Yum!

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We served our chili over brown rice, with all the fixin’s—cheddar cheese, avocado, greek yogurt, and tortilla chips!

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I’m on baby-sitter duty today, all by myself…gulp.  Here’s hoping I emerge poop-free with a live child!  :-) 

19 Comments leave one →
  1. December 17, 2010 3:14 pm

    That chili looks REALLY good, but too hot for me!!
    Good luck babysitting 🙂


  2. December 17, 2010 4:14 pm

    To me a sign of good chili is one that makes you sweat! I’m all about the HEAT! AND I’m making chili tonight =)

  3. December 17, 2010 4:33 pm

    That chili looks so delicious! I’ve still never tried chili with chocolate. I’m kind of afraid of it, but I’m not sure why, as I LOVE chili & I LOVELOVELOVE chocolate! 🙂

  4. December 17, 2010 5:39 pm

    The chili looks delicious – I wish I had some on this chilly, rainy L.A. day!

    And I pretty much hope to emerge with a live child at the end of each day myself. So far, so good.

  5. December 17, 2010 9:49 pm

    hahaha I always wish for the same thing when I babysitt my neice and friends toddler! best of luck! the chili sounds amazing — and spinning? my absolute addiction!

    ps: i linked to you on my blog and made the potato crust you were raving about — oh my WOW! so yummy! thanks girl ❤


  6. December 17, 2010 9:49 pm

    I LOVE spicy chili! The spicier the better! I am hoping for no poop from the little one today and I am sure she will survive with you! Have fun!

  7. December 17, 2010 10:54 pm

    spicy chili makes the world go ’round…i’m in love!

  8. December 18, 2010 12:58 am

    you could baby sit for me anytime!!! If you ever need work, you always have a job in San Diego…haha 🙂

    great job on the chili!!

    I gave you a dessert shout out in my post today…your cookies look so good I posted about them 🙂

  9. December 18, 2010 1:19 am

    I have not tried a spin class yet, but I want to, they sound awesome. The chili looks wonderful! Good luck babysitting!

  10. December 18, 2010 5:28 am

    Wow.. this looks yummy. Very nice

  11. December 18, 2010 1:17 pm

    Chili usually isn’t spicy enough for me, so this sounds PERFECT. Ahh, bookmarked!

  12. December 18, 2010 1:23 pm

    whoop whoop- gotta love a nice sweaty spin class. And black bean chili is one of my favorite meals. Great topping/add ins. Good luck with the babysitting.

  13. December 18, 2010 2:08 pm

    haha Lori and I fight over who has to change our sister’s babies dirty diapers, hope you had a great evening babysitting!!

  14. December 18, 2010 2:32 pm

    That sounds good. When you use coriander, is it ground? I made something that called for coriander and all I had was coriander seeds and it tasted very strong when you got one.

    • December 18, 2010 3:57 pm

      Yep, ground! Although I guess you could use seeds too– but yeah, I’d think that would be VERY strong!

  15. December 18, 2010 5:34 pm

    I really like Black Bean chilli and am always looking for differnt variations. I will have to try this one out esp as it contains a bit of chocolate. Now I wonder where i can get blue/purple tortilla chips like that in Scotland.

  16. actorsdiet permalink
    December 18, 2010 7:25 pm

    good luck babysitting! i remember the first time i did it alone – scary – but i survived and did it for “a living” for a whole year!

  17. December 20, 2010 2:20 am

    This looks like a great vegetarian chili recipe- thanks for sharing! I love the addition of chocolate. Serving it with avocado sounds amazing!

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