This idea came in stages. I knew I wanted to make a taco seasoning that used cocoa powder, but I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it (besides the obvious). Then, I was talking to a friend who offered the idea of chocolate dipped jalapenos. I was immediately intrigued by that idea, and knew that I wanted to try it.
After a little more thinking on it, I decided to combine both the taco seasoning and the jalapenos, and this was the result.
COCOA-SEASONED CHICKEN NACHOS WITH
CHOCOLATE DIPPED JALAPENOS
2 teaspoons Tablespoon chili powder
1 teaspoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoons garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded, cooked chicken
2 Tablespoons taco seasoning
2-4 tablespoons beer
Nacho toppings: shredded cheese, chopped onion, chopped cilantro, diced avocado, hot sauce, etc.
2 ounces dark chocolate
3-5 jalapenos, sliced in half, lengthwise, and seeded
Mix all of the taco seasoning ingredients together, then melt dark chocolate in a double boiler over medium-low heat. Drop jalapeno pieces into melted chocolate and stir to coat, then place on wax paper to allow chocolate cool. Refrigerate if desired.
Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, then add chicken and taco seasoning. Stir to coat the chicken, then add beer and stir until it absorbs into the chicken, about 2-3 minutes. Top your chips with the chicken, nacho toppings of choice, and chocolate-dipped jalapeno pieces.
"Food is never just food. It's also a way of getting at something else: who we are, who we have been, & who we want to be." -- Molly Wizenberg