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Beef and Black Bean Chili with Toasted
Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish

Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay
Food Network Show: Throwdown with Bobby Flay

Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 1 hr 15 min
Level: Intermediate
Serves: 6 servings 

1/4 cup olive oil
2 pounds beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large red onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
1 tablespoon pasilla chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 bottle dark beer
5 cups homemade chicken stock, or
canned low-sodium or water
1 (16-ounce) can chopped tomatoes,
drained and pureed
1 tablespoon chipotle pepper puree
1 tablespoon honey
2 cups cooked or canned black beans,
rinsed and drained
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Toasted Cumin Crema, recipe follows
Avocado Relish, recipe follows

Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over high heat. Season the beef with salt
and pepper, and sauté until browned on all sides. Transfer the meat to a
plate and remove all but 3 tablespoons of the fat from the pan.
Add the onions to the pan and cook until soft. Add the garlic and cook
for 2 minutes. Add the ancho powder, pasilla powder, and cumin and
cook an additional 2 minutes. Add the beer and cook until completely
reduced. Return the beef to the pot, add the chicken stock, tomatoes,
chipotle puree, and honey, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to
medium, cover the pan, and simmer for 45 minutes. Add the beans
and continue cooking for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, add the
lime juice, and adjust seasonings.
Serve with a dollop of Toasted Cumin Crema and Avocado Relish.

Toasted Cumin Crema

1 tablespoon cumin seed
1 cup Mexican crema or creme fraîche
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place the cumin in a small sauté pan over medium heat. Toast until
lightly golden brown. Place in a small bowl. Stir in the crema and
season with salt and pepper, to taste. Place in a squeeze bottle.

Avocado Relish

2 ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1/2 small red onion, finely diced
1 jalapeno or serrano chile, finely diced
Lime juice
Chopped cilantro leaves
Salt and pepper

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and season with salt and pepper.

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