(adjust quantity according to the capacity of your maker)
2 cups good heavy cream
1.5 cups good whole milk
1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped
scant 1 1/3 cup organic raw cane sugar
1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
Combine milk, cream, sugar, and vanilla seeds and pod in a heavy sauce pan and heat gently until sugar dissolves completely. Allow mixture to cool to room texture. Remove vanilla pod and refrigerate mixture until well chilled. Pour into gelato maker and operate according to manufacturer's instructions. During the last five minutes of the cycle, add chopped chocolate and allow to distribute throughout. Put in a freezer-safe container and press a layer of freezer or parchment paper on top of mixture before you seal the container lid. Freeze several hours or overnight.
p.s. what does the chili have to do with all of this? nothing!