A Red Chili Nightmare
Serving Size : 4
Amount Measure Ingredient Preparation Method
1 cup pinto beans dried
1 teaspoon paprika
5 cups water
1 nutmeg ground, whole
2 tablespoons lard
1 teaspoon cumin
1 tablespoon bacon drippings
2 teaspoons oregano dried, preferred mexican
4 tablespoons sesame seeds
12 ounces pork sausage country-style
1 cup almonds blanched-skins removed
1 pound beef coarse grind
12 red chiles whole dried OR
4 garlic cloves
1 1/2 cups chile caribe
1 teaspoon anise
1 1/2 ounces milk chocolate small pieces
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1 can tomato paste (6oz)
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon cloves ground
3 teaspoons lemon juice
1 cinnamon stick ground 1"
1 soft tortilla chopped
1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground
Place the rinsed beans in a bowl, add 2 to 3 cups of water and soak overnight.
Check the beans occasionally and add water as necessary to keep them moist.
Pour the beans and the water in which they were soaked into a heavy saucepan
and add 2 to 3 more cups of water.
Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then
lower heat and simmer, partially covered, for about 45 minutes, until the beans
are cooked but still firm. Check occasionally and add water if necessary. Drain
the beans, reserving the cooking liquid.
Melt the lard in a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the beans and lightly fry
them in the lard. Set aside.
Melt the drippings in a large heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook
until it is translucent.
Combine the sausage and the beef with all the spices up through the oregano.
Add this meat-and-spice mixture to the pot with the onion. Break up any lumps
with a fork and cook, stirring occasionally, until the meat is very well browned.
Add the reserved bean-cooking liquid to the pot. Stir in all the remaining ingredients.
Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and cook, uncovered, for 1/2 hour longer. Stir
occasionally. Add water only if necessary to maintain the consistency of a chunky
Taste when curiosity becomes unbearable and courage is strong. Adjust seasonings.