This exciting, thick soup marries the dark colors and flavors of the beans and chipotle chiles, but there's quite a few other ingredients as well. Serve this with a hearty bread and your favorite sharp cheese. Note that this recipe requires advance preparation.
This recipe is from the classic vegetarian cookbook for chileheads: Hot & Spicy & Meatless 2, by Dave DeWitt, Mary Jane Wilan, and Melissa T. Stock. Order a copy here. In this recipe, we combine not only a vegetable but also a fruit and a few well-chosen chiles. Use fresh blueberries when available, although frozen berries will work as well. From the article Blazing Blueberries.
These bean balls from West Africa can be consumed hot or cold, as a snack or as a side dish. Some West Africans eat them with Nigerian Fried Red Pepper Sauce for breakfast! Others spinkle the balls while hot with additional red pepper or press crushed red chile pods into them.
This is a "south of the border" Bloody Mary substituting tequila for the vodka. But if you are a purist, use the vodka or leave out the alcohol altogether and have a great morning wake-up drink. Adding the rocotos, rather than Tabasco, added flavor as well as warming the drink nicely. The heat came on slowly and lingered. This is one of the best uses for chile juice.
The use of peanuts, also called groundnuts, in soups and stews is common over all of Africa but is especially popular in the west. "Chop" is African slang meaning food or a meal. The vegetables in this stew can be varied to suit your tastes; if you do, however, eliminate the okra it will alter the consistency of the sauce. The important step to remember in preparing this soup or stew is to mix some of the broth with the peanut butter before adding to the soup to keep it from curdling and breaking apart.