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3/4 cup dried black-eyed peas
2 cups water
1 bouillon cube
1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef
1 cup chopped onion
2 minced garlic cloves
1 (16 ounce) can tomatoes
1 (4 ounce) can green chiles, drained
1 cup beef broth
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon chili powder
Dash of cayenne pepper, to taste
2 cups fresh cut okra or 1 (10 ounce) package frozen okra
1/2 teaspoon gumbo file powder
2 cups steamed rice
Sort peas, then cover with water 2 inches above level of peas. Set aside to soak for 6 to 8 hours.
Drain peas, discarding water.
In a medium saucepan, combine soaked peas, 2 cups water and bouillon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until peas are tender, about 30 minutes.
Brown beef in a heavy pot until no longer pink.
Add onion and garlic. Cook and stir 2 to 3 minutes.
Stir in tomatoes and their juice, green chiles, broth, bay leaf, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.
Add black-eyed peas, including cooking liquid, to beef mixture. Stir in okra. Cover and simmer 10 minutes longer.
Remove 1/2 cup liquid from gumbo. Stir in file powder. Return to gumbo, stirring constantly.
Serve over cooked rice.
Yield: 6 servings
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