Black Bean Chili II

  1. 1/4 cup olive oil
    1 large onion, diced medium
    2 tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
    1 tablespoon red chili powder
    2 teaspoons ground coriander
    2 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
    2 1/2 teaspoons paprika
    1 tablespoon dried oregano
    2 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
    1 1/2 pounds frozen green chile peppers,
  2. defrosted and chopped
    4 cups tomatoes, chopped
    4 1/2 cups tomato juice
    1/4 cup molasses
    1 1/2 pounds black beans, washed, cooked and
    drained (reserve the cooking liquid)
    1/8 cup fresh cilantro, minced
    1 tablespoon salt, or to taste
    1 cup Monterey jack cheese, grated, optional
    1/2 cup sour cream, optional
  1. In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until it is hot. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 6 to 8 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic, red chili powder, coriander, cayenne pepper, paprika, dried oregano and cumin, and stir well.
  3. Add the green chile peppers, tomatoes, tomato juice and molasses and stir again. Cover the pot and bring the liquid to a simmer.
  4. In a food processor, puree one-third of the cooked black beans and a small amount of the reserved cooking liquid until a smooth liquid forms. (Add more cooking liquid as needed.)
  5. To the stockpot, add the pureed beans, the rest of the cooked beans, the cilantro and the salt and stir well. Simmer the soup for 10 minutes or until everything is hot.
  6. To serve, place 1/8 cup of Monterey jack cheese in the bottom of each of eight soup bowls. Pour the soup on top. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream.
  7. Makes 8 servings
  8. Recipe by Joan Stromquist

Chili Trivia:

  • Chili is the official state food of Texas
  • Cincinnati Chili was inspired by Greek and Macedonian immigrants around the turn of the 20th century
  • The intensity of heat in the taste of the Chile peppers usually decreases as the size of the pepper increases