Chipotle was founded by Steve Ells in 1993. The chain is known for its large burritos, assembly line production and the use of natural ingredients. The company currently has more than 1000 location with restaurants in 38 states.




Chipotle Black Beans


  • 1 pound of dried black beans
  • 8 cups of water
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp whole cumin seed - toasted
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • salt to taste


  1. Soak the beans, then drain.
  2. Cover with 8 cups of fresh water.
  3. Simmer covered for about 1 1/2 hours or until the beans are almost tender.
  4. Combine green bell pepper, onion, oregano, cumin, bay leaf and a little cooking water in a blender.
  5. Blend on low until the mixture is smooth.
  6. Add blended mixture to the beans.
  7. Bring to a boil again, then reduced heat to a simmer.
  8. Add slat, sherry and vinegar.
  9. Simmer, uncovered until the bean mixture becomes thick, about 2 hours.

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