Recipe

Spicy Red Bean Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalk, chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups peeled, seeded and chopped tomatoes
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 pound red beans, soaked overnight and drained
  • 2 quarts chicken stock

Directions

  • In a saucepan, render the bacon for 5 minutes. Add the onions, celery, carrots, and peppers. Saute the vegetables for 5 to 6 minutes or until the vegetables start to wilt. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the garlic, tomatoes, bay leaves, and chili powder. Saute for 1 minute. Add the beans and chicken stock. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 2 to 2 1/2 hours, or until the beans are tender and creamy. Remove the beans from the heat. Using a hand-held blender, puree the beans until smooth. Add a little water if the beans are too dry. Strain the sauce through a fine mesh strainer. Discard the strained mixture. Reseason the sauce with salt and pepper if necessary. Yield: about 1 1/2 quarts of sauce