Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Mary Catherine Muir
Yield
8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

How to Make It

Step 1

Sort and wash beans, and place in a large Dutch oven. Cover with water to 2 inches above beans; bring to a boil, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 1 hour. Drain. Return beans to pan, and add 8 cups water. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes or until beans are tender. Drain; set aside.

Step 2

Combine 2 cups water and chile in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 20 minutes or until soft. Drain, and discard seeds and membranes. Chop and set aside.

Step 3

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat, and add buffalo steak, browning on all sides. Add onion and garlic, and saute for 3 minutes. Add carrot, bell pepper, and celery, and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in cumin, oregano, paprika, and crushed red pepper, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in ancho chile, tomatoes, and beer, and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in beans and tomato paste, and cook, covered, for 15 minutes. Stir in sugar, salt, and black pepper.

Step 4

Note: To mail-order buffalo steak, call D'Artagnan at 800/327-

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