But now I have this pile of dried black beans that hasn't been touched. This isn't really a problem. There's no danger of them going bad. But I feel like I should do something with them. So I started flipping through How to Cook Everything Vegetarian and came across a recipe for espresso black bean chili. I really, really like coffee, so I figured 'why not?' Also, within a few pages of the chili was a recipe for beer glazed beans, which I made Saturday night. They were quick and easy, tasty enough I suppose, but somewhat dry. For the beer, I used a coffee porter that was in the fridge which gave them a nice flavour. I'd cook them a little less next time and leave them runny; soaking the sauce up with cornbread could be pretty tasty. I should have left them like this:
Regardless, on to the chili, adapted slightly from Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian:
Espresso Black Bean Chili
- 3 tbsp. grapeseed oil (I used 2)
- 2 onions, chopped
- 2 tbsp. minced garlic (I used 5-6 cloves)
- 3 cups chopped ripe tomato (I used a 796ml can)
- 1/2 to 1 cup fresh espresso, or 1 to 2 cups freshly brewed coffee (I used Kicking Horse 454 Horse Power, which is quite strong)
- 2 tbsp. chili powder
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (I'll use 3 tbsp. molasses next time, which is the other option)
- one 3-inch cinnamon stick (I used two, and I'll mix some ground cinnamon next time)
- 1 pound dried black beans
- salt and pepper
This was really great served with a bit of sour cream and some cornbread, which I made in the cast iron skillet. I'm going to make this again, I'm sure, but I'll use a little more coffee, more sugar and/or molasses, some ground cinnamon, and maybe increase the tomatoes by half.
Two days, two coffee infused bean dishes, both tasty.