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Maya Rudolph's Chocolate Chili

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Questlove's Air-Fried Chicken Burgers + Chocolate Chili + Plantains Two Ways + Smoked Salmon Rillettes + Ginger Beer
Questlove's Air-Fried Chicken Burgers + Chocolate Chili + Plantains Two Ways + Smoked Salmon Rillettes + Ginger BeerNathan Congleton / TODAY
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Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 bay leaves
  • One 15-ounce can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 15-ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • One 28-ounce can diced tomatoes with juices
  • Two 15-ounce cans tomato juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • To serve
  • Chocolate chips
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Grated cheddar cheese
  • Sliced scallions
  • Corn chips
  • Lime wedges
  • Hot sauce
  • Chef notes

    If I didn't love Maya enough already, I fell head over heels in love with her all over again because of her chili. Anyone who combines chocolate chips and Fritos is a hero. Be a hero yourself. Bring her dish to your next potluck.

    Preparation

    1.

    Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy-bottomed large pot over medium heat until shimmering. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute, or until fragrant. Transfer to a slow cooker. If you don't have a slow cooker, you can easily make this dish on your stovetop or in your oven.

    For stovetop: Once all the ingredients are added to the Dutch oven, cook on low heat for about an hour, stirring occasionally to ensure nothing is sticking.

    For oven: Preheat oven to 250°F. In an oven-safe pot, cook the chili uncovered for 1 to 1½ hours, stirring occasionally to ensure nothing is sticking.

    2.

    Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker, stir well, cover, and cook on low for 2 hours.

    3.

    Set out the chocolate chips and all other garnishes and let guests help themselves.