BISON (BUFFALO) & BLACK BEAN CHILI ON WEHANI RICE
From: The Ethical Gourmet by Jay Weinstein
Bison are raised in a much more humane way than most beef in America. Virtually all are pasture-raised, and they're not subject to the confinement, feedlots, and growth hormones prevalent with U.S. beef. The meat is leaner, and perfect for stewing. Wehani rice, an American brown rice, has a nutty flavor and an appealing chewy texture
Serves 10 As A Main Course
• 2 ancho or pasilla chiles
• 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil or vegetable oil
• 2 pounds ground bison
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 poblano or other fresh green chiles, chopped
• 2 jalapenos, chopped
• 1 red bell pepper, chopped
• 3 teaspoons kosher salt
• One 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes
• One 28-ounce can tomato sauce
• 1 tablespoon Spanish (hot) paprika
• 1 tablespoon ground cumin
• 1/2 cup ground New Mexico chili powder or other chili powder
• 2 cups dried black beans, not soaked, simmered until tender (about 2 hours) drained
• 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
• 4 cups water or stock
• 2 cups Wehani rice or brown rice
• 2 tablespoons unsalted butter or olive oil
To make the chile puree, heat the oven to 400°F. Place the ancho chiles on a baking sheet and toast them for 5 minutes, until they are fragrant and starting to brown slightly. Soak the chiles in 2 cups hot water for 10 minutes, then puree the chiles in a blender, adding a few tablespoons of the water they were soaked in to facilitate the puree.
Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven. Brown the bison meat; add the onion, garlic, chopped poblano and jalapeno chiles, bell pepper, and 2 teaspoons of salt. Cook over moderate heat until soft and juicy, about 10 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, tomato sauce, paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Cook 1 minute, until fragrant. Add the chile puree, cooked black beans, and half the cilantro. Cover; simmer over low heat 3 hours. Season to taste.
Meanwhile, cook the rice: Bring the water to a boil and add the rice, butter, and remaining teaspoon salt. Simmer, covered, until all the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes. Spoon the chili over the rice; sprinkle with the remaining chopped cilantro.