|Beef Chipotle Chile|
If using canned chipotle chilies, in a blender puree them with the water and reserve the puree. If using dried chipotle chilies, stem and seed them wearing rubber gloves, in a small bowl let them soak in the boiling hot water for 20 minutes, and in a blender puree the mixture, reserving the puree.
In a large heavy kettle cook the onions and 6 of the garlic cloves, minced, in the oil over moderate heat,
stirring, until the onions are softened, add cumin, and cook the mixture, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the beef
and cook the mixture, stirring and breaking up the lumps, until the meat is no longer pink. Add the reserved
chipotle puree, the tomatoes, broth, bay leaf, oregano, and salt and simmer the mixture, uncovered, adding more
water if necessary to keep the beef barely covered, for 30 minutes. Stir in the bell pepper, canned green chilies,
and cornmeal and simmer the mixture, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes. Stir in the kidney beans, coriander
and remaining 2 garlic cloves, minced, and salt to taste, simmer the chili for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the
beans are heated through, and discard the bay leaf. The chili may be frozen or made 3 days in advance, cooled,
uncovered, and kept covered and chilled.
From: Gourmet Magazine
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