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Article updated: 10/29/2013 11:52 AM

Espresso Black Bean Chili

3 tablespoons neutral oil, like grapeseed or corn

2 onions, chopped

2 tablespoons minced garlic

3 cups chopped ripe tomatoes (about 1 pounds; canned is fine)

-1 cup freshly brewed espresso, 1-2 cups brewed coffee, or 2 tablespoons espresso powder

2 tablespoons chili powder

cup dark brown sugar

1 cinnamon stick, 3 inches

1 pound dried black beans, washed, picked over, and soaked if you like

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Put the oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. When hot, add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Stir in the tomato, espresso, chili powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, and beans and add water to cover. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat so the liquid bubbles steadily but not violently. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are beginning to soften.

Add a good pinch of salt and pepper. Continue cooking until the beans are tender, anywhere from another 45 minutes to 1 hours. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding more sugar, salt, or pepper.

Serves six to eight.

Mark Bittman, markbittman.com

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