Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recipe: The Grit's Black Bean Chili

I'm on a roll today with these posts. Don't worry, it won't be like this everyday. Probably. Maybe. 

I wanted to share an awesome chili recipe I used a lot when the weather was much colder and we had about 50 feet of snow outside. It's from one of my favorite restaurants, The Grit. If you've never eaten there you should definitely check it out. The cookbook is rather awesome as well and I use it a good bit.

(Bear in mind that these photos are not going to be beautiful since I made this a while back and the picture was really just to show the hubby what was waiting for him at home, lol)

Chili..for when it's...chilly

*I obviously cooked this in my awesome new crockpot and you are more than welcome to do this. It will definitely save you time.*
-1 quart dried black beans, sorted and rinsed (I used canned black beans, rinsed)
-Water to cook and soak the beans
-1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
-2 Tbs minced fresh garlic
-3 Tablespoons dark chili powder
-2 teaspoons cumin powder
-2 Tablespoons fresh oregano or 2 tsp dried
-1 tsp cayenne pepper
-1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
-1 small or 1/2 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
-1/3 to 1/2 bunch celery, with leaves removed and finely chopped
-1/2 small or 1/4 large yellow onion, minced
-Vegetable oil
-1 cup fresh or frozen corn
-1 cup shredded carrots
-2 (28 oz) cans crushed tomatoes
-2/3 cup # bulgur wheat
-1 Tablespoon plus 2 tsp salt

-Soak beans overnight (or open can), for at least 6 hours, in water to cover. You could also boil the beans for 2 minutes in water to cover and set aside, covered, to soak for 2 hours. 
-Drain and rinse beans and place in a large cooking pot with finely chopped medium onion, garlic, and dry spices. 
-Add enough water to cover, plus 1-1/2 inches.
-Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until beans are very tender, 1 hour or more. Add water if necessary to avoid burning.
-When beans are done and still very hot, combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pot and blend well. Allow flavors to marry for at least an hour. Serve hot and Enjoy! 

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