In this version, Chili Mac gets even closer to its roots with authentic Mexican ingredients like chorizo and poblano peppers. It's quick and easy -- a true one-pot meal. Serve in bowls, and garnish with small dollops of sour cream or a sprinkling of queso
INGREDIENTS (for 4 servings):
- 2 fresh poblano chile peppers
- 1/2 tablespoon corn oil
- 1 pound chorizo sausage
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 (28 ounce) can diced tomatoes with juice
- 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 pound macaroni
- 3/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
- 1/2 tablespoon dried Mexican oregano
Preheat oven to broil. Place peppers on a baking sheet and place in oven. Allow skin to blacken and blister, turning the chile peppers until all sides are done. (Note: Do not overcook.) When they are done, place them in a paper bag and seal. In about 15 to 20 minutes, take them out of the bag and peel the skin off each one under running water. Remove the stems and seeds, then chop.
Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Squeeze chorizo out of casings into the hot oil. With a wooden spoon, break up the sausage, and cook about 4 minutes. Remove sausage, and set aside. Stir onion into oil, and cook until soft and translucent. Stir in garlic, and cook for 1 minute. Stir in poblano peppers, and heat through 1 minute.
Increase the heat to high, and stir in tomatoes with liquid, black beans, water, macaroni, salt, pepper, and oregano. Bring to a low boil. Reduce heat to low; cover, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the macaroni is al dente, about 10 minutes.