|Beef Chipotle Chili|
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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