Beef in chilli and chocolate sauce

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Orchards in the Oasis: Recipes, travel and memories

By Josceline Dimbleby

Published 2010

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Several Peruvian savoury dishes include a small amount of chocolate, which enriches the taste and texture. The chocolate used in Peru was far more bitter than any available here, and I find this sauce works best with unsweetened cocoa powder.


  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 large cloves garlic
  • 3-4 fresh green


Peel and roughly chop the onion and garlic. Cut open the chillies under running water, discard the seeds and stem and then chop the chillies roughly. Put these ingredients into a food processor and add the pecans, raisins, cloves, tomatoes and cocoa powder. Whiz thoroughly until as smooth as possible.

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