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Marisolio’s Chocolate Eggplant/Lamb Chili

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Prep Information

Prep Time

50 minutes

Cook Time

240-300 on high or 480-540 on low in minutes

Serves

8 people

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons Dark Chocolate Balsamic Condimento
  • 3 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 30 oz. canned white kidney beans, cannellini or navy beans
  • 28 oz. canned, diced tomatoes plus their juices, preferably not fire roasted
  • 1-1/2 cups no-salt added beef broth
  • 2 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 Tablespoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano and dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 2 Tablespoons flour
  • 3 pounds boneless leg of lamb, trimmed of fat and silver skin, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • Sea salt and Freshly ground pepper
  • 3 Tablespoons Cobrancosa EVOO
  • 2 large yellow onions, diced
  • 1 medium eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch squares
  • 2 chipotles in adobo, finely chopped, plus 1 Tablespoon adobo
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

  • Add the eggplant and onions to the skillet, stirring to coat with oil. Cook until lightly browned, about 4 minutes, and then add the garlic and chipotles. Cook about 30 seconds and then stir in the adobo and chili-powder spice mixture. Cook about 1 minute, then add the broth and tomatoes, stirring all until well-mixed. Cook about 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown the lamb pieces, working in batches so the lamb won't be crowded as it cooks. As lamb is finished, add the pieces to the slow cooker.
  • Season the lamb with salt and pepper to taste.
  • In a small bowl, combine the spices: chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, dried oregano, dried thyme, ground cardamom and flour and mix together well.
  • Transfer everything to a crock-pot. Cover and cook for 4-5 hours on HIGH or 8-9 hours on LOW. The lamb should be falling apart.
  • Stir in the beans. Cover and cook until they are warmed up.
  • Right before serving, add the chocolate, cilantro, and the Dark Chocolate Balsamic Condimento, waiting for the chocolate to melt, and then give one last stir.
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