How to make it

  • Pour the beans into a colander and rinse under running water, sorting through them to remove any small stones. Either soak the beans in water to cover overnight, or bring them to a boil in water to cover, boil 2 minutes, and then turn off the heat, cover the pot, and allow them to soak for 1 hour. If using the latter method, the cooking should continue promptly.
  • Heat a dry skillet over medium heat and toast the cumin, cayenne, paprika, and oregano until they start to become fragrant. Be careful not to let them burn.
  • Grind the pasilla chili and bay leaf to a fine powder in a clean coffee or spice grinder or in a blender. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a saucepan and saute the onion, garlic, and green pepper over medium heat until they are soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the toasted spices, ground spices, tomatoes, and a sprinkling of salt and pepper, and saute for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Add the vegetable mixture to the beans, along with water to cover by 4 inches. Cook on top of the stove, covered, for 1-1/2 to 2 hours, or until the beans are tender. Adjust seasoning, and add the chopped cilantro and the jalapenos, along with cubes of sirloin, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  • To serve: Ladle into bowls and top each with a sprinkling of cheese.

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    " It was excellent "
    kimberlyjaye ate it and said...
    Be sure to give credit to the chef who created this recipe, Donna Nordin of Cafe Terra Cotta in Tuscon, AZ published in Southwest Tastes by Ellen Brown in 1987. One of my favorites too!
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  • capedread 12 years ago
    yum yum yum gotta try this baby hmmmmmm
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  • imhungry 12 years ago
    it's going to be 90 tomorrow and now I want!!!!!
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    " It was excellent "
    sparow64 ate it and said...
    OH YEAH, Baby!!!! Cannot wait to try this one!! Thanks for sharing.
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  • linebb956 12 years ago
    My Husband will love this.... great!
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    " It was excellent "
    cabincrazyone ate it and said...
    I definitely am making this. Sounds great! Thank you.
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