Yes some people (or restaurants) use peanut butter or crushed peanuts in their chili.
This is so scary to me as a mom of a child who is anaphylactic to peanuts. Who knew? I've never put peanut butter in my chili, but some do. You will NEVER find this recipe in my home.
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1/2 cup water
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (optional)
2 cups tortilla chips (optional)
Place the diced tomatoes, water, garlic, and bay leaves into a saucepan, and bring to a simmer over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and season with the cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning. Cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes, pour in the black beans and kidney beans; return to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the peanut butter until dissolved, then remove and discard the bay leaves, and season the chili with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy with a sprinkle of Cheddar cheese, tortilla chips and smile!