Black Bean Chipotle Chili


1 tablespoon canola or olive oil
1 large red onion, diced
1 large red or green bell pepper, seeded & chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 cups black beans, soaked overnight and rinsed
1 x 8 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 x 14 oz. can crushed tomatoes
1 or 2 canned chipotle chiles, seeded & minced
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt

In a large saucepan or skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic, and cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes. Stir in all remaining ingredients and cook covered for 4 hours over medium-low heat, or until beans are soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let stand 5-10 minutes before serving. Top with fresh chopped cilantro.