Thursday, April 8, 2010

Chili con Cacao

This recipe serves 4 people. The original is from David Wolfes and Shazzies book Naked Chocolate using a 1/2 cup of dried mushrooms and different olives.


2 cloves of garlic
2 ripe medium tomatoes, diced
1 handful basil
10 rosemary leaves
6 sundried tomatoes, cut with scissors
4 black olives
a squeeze of lemon
2 tablespoons of raw chocolate powder, crushed cocoa beans or nibs
6 dried shitake mushrooms, handcrushed
1/2 red pepper, diced
60 g olive oil
cayenne to taste

4 peeled zucchinis


  • Place all ingredients into your Thermomix except olive oil, cayenne and courgettes and chop for 15-20 seconds on speed 5
  • Add Cayenne to taste. Leave for 10 minutes for the mushrooms to expand and soak up some of the juice
  • Add olive oil and stir for 5 seconds between speed 1-2
  • Grate the zucchinis. Divide them into four and place them on a plate, using a round mold.
  • Dent the tops slightly and fill with equal amounts of chili
Chili con Cacao

2 Knoblauchzehen

2 reife Tomaten ( in Stuecken)
1 Handvoll Basilikumblaetter
10 Rosmarinblaetter
6 sonnengetrocknete Tomaten ( mit der Schere kleingeschnippelt)
4 schwarze Oliven (in Scheiben geschnitten)
6 getr. Shitakepilze (in der Hand zerbroeselt)
0,5 TL Zitronensaft
2 EL Kakaopulver (von zerkleinerten Kakaobohnen oder Nibs)
1/2 roten Paprika (gewuerfelt)
60 ml Olivenoel
Cayenne nach Geschmack

4 geraspelte Zucchini

  • alle Zutaten bis auf das Olivenoel, Cayenne und Zucchini 15-20 Sek./Stufe 5 zerkleinern
  • mit Cayenne abschmecken und ca. 10 Min. stehen lassen, damit die Pilze die Fluessigkeit aufsaugen
  • Olivenoel unterheben
  • roh geraspelte Zucchini auf 4 Teller verteilen und mit dem Chili servieren


  1. Wow Elisabeth! This is gorgeous. So appealing and inspiring. And... you are one step ahead of me! This morning I bought cacao beans just for fun. I didn't know what I would do with them... and now, I came to visit your blog because I am preparing to (finally!) write a review about it. I wanted to see what was new because I know there is ALWAYS something fresh and interesting on your blog. And what did I find? This beautiful cacao kernel chili! You are doing such a great job. Now I have to get busy with my own cacao beans...
    Best wishes to you!

  2. Thank you Helene :-). There are so many possibilities with cocoa beans. I can't wait to see what you did....