Place the beans in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight.
Pour the beans and the water in which they were soaked into a heavy saucepan.
Bring to a boil over high heat, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, for about
1 hour or until tender. Stir occasionally.
Heat the oil or melt the lard in a large heavy casserole over medium heat. Pat
the brisket dry and add it to the casserole. Stir the beef until it is quite brown
on all sides. Remove it from the casserole and set aside.
Add more oil or lard to the casserole if needed, then add the onions and garlic
and cook until the onions are translucent. Stir in the green peppers, basil, bay
leaf, ground chile, cayenne pepper, Caribe and cumin. Cook for about 1 minute, then
add the Masa Harina and cook 1 or 2 minutes longer.
Return the brisket to the casserole and add the tomatoes and their liquid. Bring
to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 2 hours. Stir occasionally.
Stir in the salt and black pepper. Taste and adjust seasonings. Add the coffee
and simmer, uncovered, for 1 hour longer.
Add the kidney beans to the chili. Simmer, uncovered, for another 1/2 hour.
Yield: 10 servings
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