It's no secret that we adore chocolate in all its forms, and no one is more thrilled to go all out for National Cocoa Day on Dec. 12. NO ONE. We're going to whip up some of our favorite hot chocolate recipes (like these) and curl up under a blanket while sipping some rich, warm cocoa.
And we're not going to stop there, chocolate lovers! We're moving past dessert, because there's no reason you can't have chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner too! Add cocoa to a savory dish, and you get the most incredibly rich, deep flavors! You'll be amazed. So in honor of our favorite sweet and savory seasoning, we've scoured the web for the best possible ways to incorporate chocolate into your dinners. You might want to be sitting down for this.
This deep, rich, spicy sauce is incredible smothered over chicken, beef or enchiladas. Want to shave off even more time? Dump it all in the slow cooker like so.
Ok, homemade ravioli takes a bit of time, especially for a weeknight. But these little pumpkiny squares freeze up beautifully, so you can totally make a double or triple batch when you have a little extra room in your schedule and then keep them on hand for a super-fast dinner. We love this recipe with an ounce or so of melted dark chocolate (or straight-up cocoa powder, if you don't want it as sweet) mixed right into the dough.
From a rack of ribs to french fries to a veggie burger, this sweet, spicy, beery barbecue sauce will jazz up anything it touches.
Chocolate pasta, are you serious? YES. You can find the stuff at some specialty stores, or just make it yourself. Want something a little more savory? Chocolate pasta with Bolognese sauce will rock your socks off. DO IT.
For a nice, nutritious side dish for your dinner, consider these easy roasted carrots, topped with a drizzle of the most indulgent sweet vinegar reduction. So much better than that bland steamed stuff.
Looking for some hearty vegetarian chili that packs a serious flavor punch? Make this heavenly black bean dish, complete with cocoa powder, oregano and chipotle chili for a warming, filling meal with a seriously rich taste.