I just recently made this for our 2017 Christmas potluck at work and it was delicious! ~Kevin

2 teaspoons olive oil
1 large onion, minced
2 carrots, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
1 bell pepper, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoon chili powder (see notes)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
¼ teaspoon chili flakes
1 can tomato paste
1 – 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
2 cans beans
1 tablespoon molasses
1 tablespoon brown sugar or honey
1 cup quinoa
½ cup dark chocolate chips


Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes, or until it is soft and brown. Add the carrots, celery and bell pepper and continue to cook until the vegetables are all soft and begin to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more.
Add the cocoa powder, chili powder, oregano and chili flakes to the pot and let them cook until they are fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste and let it cook, stirring frequently, until it begins to caramelize, about 2-3 minutes.
Add the crushed tomatoes, beans, molasses and brown sugar or honey and 4 cups of water to the pot and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, partially covered, for 20 minutes.
Add the quinoa to the pot and let the pot simmer for another 10 minutes, or until the quinoa is cooked. Add the chocolate and stir the pot until it melts.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 1/2 cup
Servings Per Container
Amount Per Serving
Calories 557Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg0%
Sodium 616mg26%
Total Carbohydrate 95g32%
Dietary Fiber 21g84%
Sugars 33g
Protein 19g38%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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