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15 bean and pearl barley chili

1 bag 15 bean soup mix--beans only (save the flavor packet for something else--or toss it like i do) any 13-15 oz bag will do
water for soaking beans
1 onion--chopped
2 celery rib--chopped
2 carrots--chopped
1 pasilla chile--chopped
1 cup mushrooms--chopped
1/4 cup chili spice mix
1/4 tsp cayenne
4Tbs tomato paste
1 cup pearl barley
6 cups liquid (i used 4 cups vegetable broth and 2 cups beer)
1 generous tablespoon grated bittersweet chocolate (i had some salted chocolate in my pantry that worked a charm)
salt and pepper to taste

Soak the beans in water overnight or use whatever method you are most comfortable with for softening dried beans.  Drain.  In a heavy stock pot, cook onions, celery, carrots, pasilla and mushrooms in a bit of olive oil, until they soften and just begin to brown.  toss in the chili spice, and cayenne and give it a turn or two to coat everything.  add the pearl barley and stir to coat.  stir in the tomato paste and chocolate, then toss in the beans and cook until they and the barley are tender. It should take about an hour over medium heat. Do not let boil, just simmer. season to taste with salt and pepper. serve with all your favorite chili fixins.