Black Bean Chili and Rosemary Cornbread

This essential oil–flavored chili and cornbread make the perfect meal for a cold evening. This recipe is easy to make whether you make it on the stove, in a pressure cooker, or in a slow cooker.

Black Bean Chili

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 2 tsp. (10 ml) olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced (or 1 small can of green chiles)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. (450 g) organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 (14.5 oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained (or substitute with 5–6 large fresh tomatoes, skinned and diced)
  • 3 Tbsp. (45 ml) tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp. (15 ml) dark brown sugar or honey (add a little more sugar if using fresh tomatoes)
  • 2 tsp. (5 g) unsweetened cocoa or cacao powder
  • 2 Tbsp. (16 g) chili powder
  • 2 tsp. (4.5 g) paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. (2.5 g) kosher salt, or to taste
  • 2 cups (480 ml) beef broth
  • 2–3 drops cumin essential oil
  • 1 drop black pepper essential oil
  • 1 drop coriander essential oil

Optional Toppings:

  • Grated cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Avocado slices
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Hot sauce

Instructions:

  1. Heat olive oil in a pan (or pressure cooker), and sauté the onion, bell pepper, and jalapeño pepper (or green chiles) for 3–4 minutes or until the onion is translucent. Add the garlic, and sauté for an additional 10 seconds. Transfer onion/pepper mixture to a bowl.
  2. Place the ground beef in the pan (or pressure cooker), and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beef has browned. Drain fat if desired.
  3. In a stock pot, pressure cooker, or slow cooker, place the onion/pepper mixture, ground beef, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar (or honey), cocoa powder, chili powder, paprika, salt, and beef broth; cook* until flavors are combined.
  4. Top chili with desired toppings. Serve with rosemary cornbread or baked potatoes.

*Cooking Times:

  • Stovetop (in stock pot): Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 30 minutes.
  • Pressure Cooker: Cook on high pressure for 8–10 minutes, then release pressure naturally.
  • Slow Cooker: Cook on high for 1–2 hours or low for 4–6 hours.

Cornbread is the perfect pairing with chili. Place little bits of cornbread in the bowl to scoop up with some chili, or mix up a little honey butter and spread it on the cornbread for a delicious side dish.

Rosemary Cornbread

  • Servings: 6–8
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 6 Tbsp. (85 g) butter
  • 1 cup (155 g) cornmeal
  • 3/4 cup (90 g) flour
  • 1 Tbsp. (12.5 g) sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. (7 g) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. (2 g) baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. (1.5 g) salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) buttermilk (or 1 1/2 cup milk + 1 1/2 Tbsp. white vinegar or lemon juice)
  • 1–2 drops rosemary essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Place butter in an 8″ (20 cm) baking dish (or standard bread pan), and put in the oven so the butter will melt.
  2. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, stir together 1 1/2 cups (360 ml) milk and 1 1/2 Tbsp. (23 ml) white vinegar or lemon juice. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  4. In a separate bowl, add the eggs, and lightly beat. Then add the buttermilk and essential oil. Whisk together until combined.
  5. Remove the baking dish from the oven, and rotate the pan to coat the sides in the melted butter.
  6. Pour the wet ingredients and melted butter into the dry ingredients, and fold together until there are no dry spots (the batter will still be lumpy).
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, and bake for 20–25 minutes (30 minutes in a standard bread pan) or until the top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cornbread comes out clean.
  8. Remove the cornbread from the oven, and let it cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Essential Oil Spice Mixes for Savory Dishes

Essential oils can add a lot of flavor to cooking, but sometimes even a drop is too much for the dish. These spice mixes are an easy way to add a hint of additional flavor to your cooking with the help of essential oils! You may even enjoy adding a little to your plate if you like to salt your food.

AromaTools sells empty spice jars that are perfect for these spice mixes in 2 sizes: 1 oz. glass and 4 oz. plastic. Most of these recipes include ingredient lists for both sizes, so you can make these recipes in either jar. If you would like to try them out before making a larger batch, just follow the 1 oz. recipe. We also designed some labels that you can print onto our blank label sheets (large blank label sheet or small blank label sheet):
Large Labels (fit the larger jars)
Small Labels (fit either jar size)

One important thing to remember when using these spices—use them like you would salt. If you want more of the essential oil flavor, add more oils to the salt mixture, or add a toothpick or a drop of essential oil to the dish after cooking it.

Another tip: Make sure to use a slightly coarse salt (kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt are recommended). Do not use table salt—it will make these taste too salty. Also avoid the really coarse salt if you plan on adding more to your dish just before eating (unless you happen to like biting into large chunks of salt full of essential oil flavor . . . which isn’t necessarily a bad thing).

With Father’s Day just around the corner, try making these as a gift for the man who loves to cook!
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