Not all chocolate is sweet, of course, and if you have tried bitter chocolate or cocoa powder, you will know this.

Chocolate has been used for more than two thousand years in Central American during the Mayan age, to make a bitter drink. The cacao pods were split and the beans were dried, fermented, and roasted. They were then ground to a paste and mixed with spices and water to make this old chocolate drink. It is believed that chocolate was also used to make a corn mash, which would have had the consistency of porridge.

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When chocolate was imported to Europe in the sixteenth century, it was combined with sugar. European chefs however still used it in savory dishes, combining it with venison, hare, duck and adding it to braised dishes. In Italy and Spain, chocolate is sometimes added to coq au vin recipes.

Modern Recipes with Chocolate

If you look at modern Mexican food recipes, mole is the most famous Mexican recipe, which features chocolate. This sauce includes garlic, onion, spices, and chilies. It is often served with chicken or turkey. If you want to try, making some famous Mexican recipes with chocolate, mole is a great sauce to begin with because it has such a mouthwatering taste and such a fresh and complex flavor. Serve it with meat, chicken, or fish.

There are more sweet Mexican recipes with chocolate than savory recipes but using it to add color and complexity to a dish is a trend that lives on. Chocolate powder or grated chocolate can be added to a chili or stew to intensify the flavor and to go nicely with the other ingredients.

The flavor of a dish with added chocolate is not sweet like you might think and a lot of people might not immediately recognize the chocolate flavor; rather they would just enjoy the luxurious texture of the food and the overall taste.


An Easy Recipe for Chicken in Chocolate Sauce

You will need:

1 chopped whole chicken
1 onion
1 bell pepper
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 oz baking chocolate squares
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder, or more to taste
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 lb can tomato sauce
2 minced cloves garlic
How to make it:

Remove the skin from the chicken and saute it in the oil. Remove the chicken from the pan. Chop the onion and bell pepper and cook them in the oil with the garlic until tender. Add the salt and tomato sauce, then the chocolate and other seasonings, stirring until the chocolate melts.

Return the chicken to the pan and simmer the mixture until the chicken is tender. Take it out of the pan and remove the bones. Adjust the seasonings and serve with noodles or rice.

Mole is one of the most famous Mexican recipes to contain chocolate but this ingredient features in lots of Mexican food recipes and Mexican desserts. If you are inspired by the thought of cooking with chocolate there are plenty of Mexican food ideas that you will love.

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