SPICY BLACK BEAN AND POTATO STEW

There is nothing quite as comforting as a delicious warming bowl of stew.  This Spicy Black Bean Potato Stew is real comfort food in a bowl. Easy to make and filled with deliciously creamy black beans, hearty baby potatoes and aromatic spices, it is sure to warm you up. It’s wholesome, healthy, hearty, and oh so flavorful, and it has a secret ingredient that gives exceptional dimension to this stew. Don’t miss this tasty stew!

SPICY BLACK BEAN AND POTATO STEW

INGREDIENTS
  1. 1 medium red onion, small dice
  2. 1 red bell pepper, small dice
  3. 2 jalapeno peppers, small dice *
  4. 1 Tablespoon minced garlic (about 8 to 10 cloves)
  5. 2 Tablespoons unbleached flour (gluten free) – or you can use regular unbleached flour if you wish
  6. 1 cup vegetable broth (Pacific Organic Low Sodium Vegetable Broth) *
  7. 3 cups water (or broth)
  8. 1 – 14 oz. can fire roasted petite diced tomatoes, pureed *
  9. 3 cups small red baby potatoes, quartered
  10. 2 – 15 oz. cans black beans, drained and rinsed

Seasoning/Spice Ingredients:
  1. 1 Tablespoon chili powder
  2. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  3. 1 teaspoon onion powder
  4. 2 Tablespoons dried minced onion flakes
  5. ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper *
  6. ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
  7. ¼ teaspoon cumin
  8. 2 teaspoons sea salt (+/-) *
  9. ¼ teaspoon black pepper (+/-)
  10. 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder *

Other Optional Ingredients:
  1. Avocado, chopped
  2. Cilantro
  3. Corn Tortillas
  4. Chopped red onions
  5. Chopped tomatoes
  6. Jalapeno slices

INSTRUCTIONS
  • In a large ceramic/enamel lined Dutch oven/pot (or similarly large stockpot) add the diced red onion, red bell pepper, jalapeno peppers, and sauté over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes to soften, then add the finely minced garlic. Sauté over medium heat for 30 seconds.
  • Then sprinkle the flour over the onions, peppers, and garlic and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Add the dry seasonings, except for the cocoa powder  and cayenne pepper, and sauté for 30 seconds to release their fragrance.
  • Add the vegetable broth, water, pureed fire roasted tomatoes, increase the heat to a boil, stir well to thicken the sauce, then immediately lower to a low simmering boil.