A couple of days ago I was doing some cleaning in the kitchen and came upon a bag of dried red beans. I pondered putting them down into the food storage, but it was a rainy kind of day and the more I looked at them the more they chanted at me that they needed to be made into…chili.
I had most of the day open to let something simmer along, so I went for the easy in long time method. I used my small pressure cooker because I wanted to give myself an option to pressure cook the beans for a few minutes if it became necessary…in this case it wasn’t. I placed the whole bag of beans into the pan and added 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup burgandy cooking wine and 6 cups water. I added a sprig of oregano, 2 bay leaves and some celery leaves for flavor and then clamped the lid on and set the whole thing to simmer for about 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
Once the beans were cooked through I added onions, chicken, 2 cans of unsalted tomato puree, one diced roma tomato and a handful of spices (salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic). I heated this all through and ended up with a beautiful chili…
Comfort food at it’s best. Now if only I’d made doughnuts to go with it.