This recipe is basically a walk down memory lane for me. I worked in El Teddy's back in the day. As I chopped the pasillos, chipotles in adobe and browned the ancho chilies my mind was flooded with memories of Romero, the sous chef at El Teddy's, the kindest and most talented maker of sauces and a lover of chilis. He introduced me to a new and wonderful world of capsicums.
The good thing about this recipe is you can make the black beans or buy a can. You can chop and cook the tomatillos or buy a can and dump into the mixture. The meat component is up to you, add your favorite, or go wild and add lamb, bison whatever. —Judy at My Well Seasoned Life
Test Kitchen Notes
Tomatillos, black beans, and hot peppers are some of my favorite foods, and here they are all in one place. I used canned tomatillos rather than fresh, for the meat I used ground bison, and for the beer a local pale ale. Yes, the tomatillos are nicely tart, the variety of chilis is brilliant, the beer a deep flavor. But the whole is so much greater than the sum of its parts. Judy's recipe sings capsicums' praises right out loud. —boulangere
a large bowl full
dried black beans or large can (19 oz) of prepared black beans
whole dried chili arbol pods stems and seeds removed. Wear gloves
cloves garlic chopped
tomatillos chopped in eighths
strong instant coffee
pasillo peppers or peppers of your choice
chipotle chilies in adobo chopped finely or pureed in blender. This will depend on how hot and smoky you want your chili
pieces of jalapeno peppers in brine finely chopped. Once again it's up to you for the heat level
splash of olive oil
bottle of dark beer or any beer you might have in refrigerator
Ground turkey or ground meat of your choice
Black Bean Option One--Soak dried black beans over night. The next day cook beans with large chopped onion, 8 cloves of garlic, 1 tablespoon of instant coffee, 2 oz mexican chocolate, a stick of cinnamon, with water that is about an inch over the beans cook until done. Ruth Reichl says to add salt when the beans are cooked. I listen to Ruth.
Option Two--buy a 19 oz can of black beans. Add dash of cinnamon, chocolate and extra coffee to chili.
Heat a medium fry pan till it's hot. Add the six chili arbol pods. Brown on each side. Please wear gloves while handling. Cool pods and grind.
In pan that you used for chilis, brown the ground turkey that has been seasoned with salt and pepper.
Heat a large stew pot. And splash of olive oil to coat bottom of pan. Once the oil starts to dance add onions and garlic. Cook on medium heat for 2-3 minutes.
Add cumin, ground chili arbol start with a teaspoon and add more if needed, chopped chipotles (start with two and taste). Stir. Cook for two minutes. Add beer. Bring to boil. Add instant coffee.
Add chopped tomatillos and cooked ground turkey. Bring to boil, then reduce heat. Add jalapenos. Start with a few and adjust as you go. Reduce heat and cook until tomatillos begin to soften. Taste for heat, balance of peppers, salt and pepper.
If using canned beans: rinse and drain black beans. Add to pot. If you chose to cook your own add about half the amount that you cooked. The other half can be frozen. Cook for another 15 minutes. Taste, adjust. Eat.