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Smokey black bean and butternut squash stew

September  4, 2013
1 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

Erase the ravages of the weekend and all that overindulging by whipping up a big batch of bean and veggie stew. This stew rings all the healthy bells and whistles; vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, low fat, but tasteless its not. In fact it’s amazing how satisfying hearty beans and squash are combined with a few well-chosen spices. Of course, it’s a home cooks prerogative to mix it up a bit too. —secretsofahomecook

What You'll Need
  • 1 cup dried black beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 14 ounces can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 2 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 32 ounces vegetable broth
  • salt and pepper
  1. Bean soaking: Place beans in water, covered by 2 inches. The traditional way is to cover and soak 8 hours to overnight. The quick way is to boil for 1 minute and set aside for 1 hour. Either way yields the same results.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, sauté onions in oil until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic, chili powder, paprika and oregano and cook 1 more minute. Add tomatoes, squash, broth and beans and turn up the heat. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer. Cook about 1 hour until beans and squash are tender. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
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Adi1945 September 20, 2018
I was prepared to be underwhelmed and glad I was wrong. I made this after work so I used 2 cans of black beans and followed the rest of the recipe as written. This dish was unbelievably good! A squeeze of lime and sour cream were nice additions. We had it served over rice and will try it with polenta next time.