Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili

Mushroom, Ancho & Black Bean Chili

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Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients
  • 3 ancho chile peppers, seeded and stemmed
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds cremini or mixed fresh mushrooms of your choice, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin (a scant palmful)
  • 2 teaspoons paprika (a scant palmful)
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander (a scant palmful)
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 large  red onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves  garlic, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 can  (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes with green chiles, or 1 can (14.5 oz.) stewed tomatoes
  • 1 can  (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup lager beer
  • Toppings: shredded cheese, pickled jalapeno chile peppers, crushed tortilla chips (preferably flaxseed or multigrain)
Directions
  1. In a large saucepan, cover the anchos with about 2 cups water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. Using a blender, puree the anchos and their cooking liquid to make a sauce.
  2. Meanwhile, in a dutch oven or other large pot, heat the oil, 4 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, cumin, paprika, coriander and cinnamon. Cook until the mushrooms are dark and tender, 12 to 15 minutes; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Stir in the onion and garlic, cover and cook until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste, then stir in the reserved chile sauce, the tomatoes, black beans and beer. Simmer to combine the flavors, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve with the toppings of your choice.
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