I know you might be saying 'whaaaaaat'? Chocolate Tomato Sauce? Believe me, when I demoed this one, the looks of doubt I got were priceless but tasting made believers of the doubters that day!! This sauce is a tweak on a traditional mole sauce with a whole lot LESS ingredients! Fabulous richeness and like some wine, the longer it sits, the better it gets. Try it yourself and tell me if I'm WRONG!
In a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat, add 3TBSP extra-virgin olive oil, 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, and 1 onion, finely chopped. Add 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp ground black pepper and cook until onion is tender, @ 4minutes. Stir in 2-3TBSP ALMA FOODS Portuguese Smoked Pepper (dried or paste) and 3TBSP unsweetened cocoa powder. Add 1/2c low-sodium chicken broth, 1 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh rosemary, 1 tsp balsamic vinegar, and one 14.75oz can crushed tomatoes (or can use diced or even tomato sauce). Cover the pan, reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season w more salt/pepper. Remove from heat and find the nearest piece of pork, chicken, or heck seafood and wait for your taste buds to sing!!!