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    Black Bean Ancho Chile (For Crockpot)

  • 1 16 oz can black beans -- rinsed & drained
  • 1 med onion -- chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tbsp ground cumin
  • 3 2/3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 oz dried ancho chiles (about 2-3) -- stem/seed/tear
  • 1 chipotle chile (either dried or in adobo)
  • 1 14 oz can tomatoes including juice -- puree coarsely
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper (or red) -- chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried mexican oregano -- crumbled
  • 1/8 cup fresh coriander (cilantro) -- or to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • avocado salsa -- or your favorite
  • sour cream -- as garnish
  • In a hot pan over medium heat, saute onions and garlic until onions are soft. When soft, add cumin. Saute a few minutes. Add canned beans. Saute for a couple of minutes. Set aside.

    In small pan on medium heat, slightly char the ancho pieces. When you start to smell their fragrance, remove them and put them in a blender with the water. Puree until smooth. Set aside.

    Into the crockpot, onion-bean mixture, pureed chiles, and the rest of the ingredients except the salsa, cilantro and lime juice. Cook on LOW 8-9 hours. At 7 hrs, add lime juice. Cook for another hour or so until it tastes right TO YOU.

    To serve: put chili over white rice or grits, garnish with salsa and sour cream. Maybe some chopped cilantro too.

    NOTES : Notes: I adapted this from The Best of Gourmet (Featuring the Flavors of Italy), p. 167. The original recipe called for cooking the dried beans with the onions and garlic. I quickened it by using the canned beans.

    Also, I used vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and I used orange bell pepper instead of red. I also put some ground coriander seed in the chile instead of some of the cilantro.

    I added a chipotle pepper for some smokiness. You can use either the reconstituted dried ones or one from a can of chipotle en adobo, whichever you have available.

    From: Gourmet Magazine and Risa G, synapse7@home.com
    Posted By: Risa G, Via: Chile Head Mailing List
    Post Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999

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