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Mole-Style Chili with Smoky Caesar Salad

Servings: 4

Total Time: 45 minutes

Active Time: 15 minutes

Cooking Sequence

Prepare chili and begin to simmer (10 minutes)

Prepare salad 5 minutes before chili is complete; serve (35 minutes)

Cooking Instructions

Smoky Caesar Salad


2 ears fresh corn

1 (10-oz) Caesar salad kit

2 teaspoons chipotle hot sauce

1/2 cup smoked sun-dried tomatoes, coarsely chopped

1 ripe Hass avocado, coarsely chopped


Slice corn from cobs (about 1 1/2 cups) into salad bowl; scrape cobs with back of knife to release remaining juices. Add dressing packet from salad kit and hot sauce to corn; stir until blended.

Chop tomatoes; peel, pit, and chop avocado. Add to bowl with remaining salad kit ingredients; toss to coat.


Mole-Style Chili


1 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup prediced yellow onions

1 lb lean ground beef, 7% fat

1 (1.25-oz) package chili seasoning

1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

1/4 cup brown sugar

2 (15-oz) cans reduced-sodium black beans, drained

2 tablespoons tomato paste

2 (10-oz) cans fire-roasted diced tomatoes with green chiles

1/2 cup strong cold-brewed coffee

4 cups beef stock (or broth)

2 oz dark chocolate

1 ripe Hass avocado, coarsely chopped


Preheat large stockpot on medium-high 2–3 minutes. Place oil and onions in pot; cook and stir 3–4 minutes or until onions are tender. Add beef, seasoning, pumpkin pie spice, and sugar; cook 4–5 minutes, stirring to crumble meat, and until no pink remains.

Drain beans. Stir in tomato paste, tomatoes, coffee, beans, and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low; simmer 30 minutes (or 1 hour). Break chocolate into pieces; stir in during last 5 minutes of cook time until melted and sauce has thickened. Peel, pit, and chop avocado. Top chili with avocado; serve. (Makes 8 servings.)

Aprons Advice

Complete your meal with your favorite chili toppings such as avocado, shredded cheese, sour cream, and cilantro, and fruit parfaits for dessert.

This is a non-traditional chili that is slightly bitter. Add 1 tablespoon additional brown sugar for a sweeter taste.