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Spicy Chili con Chile

November 2009
Spicy Chili con Chile

by 12 people

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Makes: 4 servings

Prep: 15 mins

Cook: 35 mins

  • 1 large acorn squash (about 2 pounds), cut into quarters and seeded
  • 3 dried red chiles
  • Boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 poblano chiles
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 15 ounce can  black beans, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  1. Preheat the broiler. Microwave the squash on medium-high power until fork-tender, about 10 minutes; let cool slightly. Scoop out the flesh and transfer to a food processor; discard the skin.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, soak the red chiles in just enough boiling water to cover until softened, about 15 minutes; drain. Discard the stems and seeds. Add the red chiles and chili powder to the food processor; puree.
  3. Place the poblano chiles on a baking sheet and broil, turning occasionally, until charred all over. Transfer to a bowl, cover and let sit until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes. Discard the stems and seeds, then chop.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the squash puree, poblanos, black beans, oregano and 1 cup water. Bring to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Stir in the sour cream.