Emeril's Vegetarian Microwave Black Bean Chili
- 1 cup dried black beans
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onions
- 2 teaspoons chopped garlic
- 1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and chopped
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon Essence, recipe follows
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 4 cups hot water
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1 avocado, seed removed, cubed
- 1 large ripe tomato, cored, seeded, and diced
- 1 cup shredded mild cheddar cheese, optional
- Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
- 2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 2 tablespoons garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon dried leaf oregano
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
In a 3-quart baking dish, combine the beans with 2 cups of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, carefully peel back an edge of the plastic, and let sit 5 minutes. Add 2 cups of very hot water, stir, recover, and let sit for 1 hour.
Drain the beans in a colander.
Heat the vegetable oil in the baking dish for 1 minute on high. Add the onions, garlic, jalapeno, bay leaf, chili powder, cumin, Essence, and salt, and stir to coat. Cook, uncovered, on high for 4 minutes. Stir well. Add the beans and stir to combine. Add 4 cups of hot water, stir, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Cook on high for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let stand covered for 15 minutes. Carefully uncover and add the lime juice and cilantro. Stir well, and serve the chili topped with the avocado, tomato, and cheese.Essence (Emeril's Creole Seasoning):
Combine all ingredients thoroughly and store in an airtight jar or container.
Yield: about 2/3 cup
Recipe from New New Orleans Cooking, by Emeril Lagasse and Jessie Tirsch. Published by William and Morrow, 1993.