Batch #1 out; batch #2 is in. Results:
You know, I did both once in a thanksgiving chili, but I’ve nevr tried it in a more normal chili! I’ll have to try coffee next time.That.
That unsweetened cocoa trick is gold, though! I would love to taste that. I bet it works a lot like some recipes I’ve seen where they add black tea or coffee as part of the flavor profile, giving a pleasant palate cleaning bitterness that is somehow familiar, but because of the context, is virtually unidentifiable.