Borracho Black Bean Chili
- Soak the beans overnight.
- Drain the beans and discard the soaking liquid, pour into a soup pot, and cover with 6 cups fresh water. Add 1 tablespoon salt, cover, bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until beans are tender, about 1 ½ hours.
- Add the onion, garlic, red and green peppers, jalapeño, remaining ½ teaspoon salt, chili powder, oregano, cumin and black pepper. Stir well, then slowly pour in the beer. Add the tomato paste, and stir well until the tomato paste totally dissolves.
- Continue cooking over low heat, uncovered and stirring occasionally until the liquid level reduces down to expose a layer of beans, 45 to 60 minutes.
- Taste and adjust for seasoning as desired, then serve.
Notes: For vegetarian cooking, I recommend increasing the level of heat in your spices. If you typically buy "mild" seasonings, this is the time to punch things up! Vegetarian cooking often tastes bland. Try medium or hot chili powder, and don't scoop out the seeds from the jalapeño.
Variation: You will find the recipe turned into a black bean soup by adding a quart of vegetable stock, cabbage and cilantro.
Total time: 2 Hrs 35 Min