Three Cheese Black Bean Chili

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This is a great three cheese chili recipe.  If you make this, let us know how you like it!

2 large onions, diced
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup tomato paste
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp cumin seed
3 medium carrots, chopped
2 ribs celery, sliced
3 small jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
2 cups cooked or canned black beans, rinsed
6-12 oz. tomato juice
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded reduced fat Monterey Jack cheese
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese

Preparation:

Sauté onions in oil over medium high heat in large saucepan until translucent, about three minutes. Add tomato paste, chili powder, cocoa powder and cumin, and cook until mixture caramelizes to a dark brown, about ten minutes. Stir in carrots, celery and jalapeños and stir to coat. Add crushed tomatoes and beans. Stir in tomato juice to your preferred consistency. Simmer for at least an hour, but only up to two hours.

Preheat broiler and place the chili in an oven-safe dish. Stir Mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheeses into chili and top with shredded Cheddar. Broil until cheese is bubbly, about four minutes.