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Mexican Bean Stew Recipe
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Mexican Bean Stew

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"Savory stew that's good on its own or served over pasta or rice."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 35 mins

    1 hr 50 mins


  1. Rinse and sort pinto beans, black beans and garbanzo beans. Place in a large bowl and cover with water. Soak overnight.
  2. Drain beans and place in a large pot; cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook for 1 hour, or until beans are tender. It may be necessary to add more water during cooking to prevent drying out or scorching.
  3. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onion and garlic until onion is transparent. Stir in cumin. To the beans add the onions, garlic and crushed tomatoes. Simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in corn and cinnamon; cook 15 minutes more. Season with salt, pepper and cayenne to taste before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 17, 2006

Great recipe...I really enjoyed it! My comments are on the technique...soak the beans separately to avoid discoloring. Also, when you bring them to a boil, lower the heat and partially cover the pot. A mexican olla traditionally used to cook beans has holes in the cover to let steam escape.They should be cooked at a simmer,not a full boil. If you need to add water, add hot water from a kettle or tea kettle on the stove top. Never add cold lowers the temp too much! Finally, when you cook the onions, add the garllic only after the onion has turned translucent... browning the garlic will make it bitter! This is a great dish for all of us bean lovers. I've made it as directed and also have added cooked and crumbled chorizo... great both ways! Thanks!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jun 21, 2003

The soup was really muddy and the black beans ran so all the beans looked really dirty. I made alot because I thought that it would be good and boy did I regret that. Might have been better if I had drained off the water that I boiled the beans in. The flavor was much too beany. I won't make this again.

Apr 07, 2008

Overall, this is a good base recipe but I added a few more items (celery, carrots, onion and brown rice) to make it as filling as possible. I also added a carton of cherry tomatoes alongside the tinned tomatoes.

Feb 23, 2007

I've pulled a couple dozen recipes from this site and I've never been impressed enough to write but this is a fabulous and easy recipe to throw together. It's hard to believe how good it is for you. I must admit I am on a salt free diet so I used a salt free seasoning I found at Costco. For convenience I just threw in canned beans for all three types. Because it sounded like there should be some liquid after boiling the beans, though not specifically stated, I drained them into a measuring cup and 'replaced' the 1 1/2 cups of juice with a salt-free chicken broth. Everyone at work loved it with our BBQ over the usual beans that appear.

Mar 09, 2010

who would have though all those beans together could make such harmonious music! mind you, I did use navy beans in place of garbanzos as I had soaked navy/pinto and black beans the night before I found this recipe. 2 other changes, used one can of Rotel (amazing stuff!) and one packet of Goya Sazon! PERFECT amount of heat! I also threw in some yellow bell pepper that I had to use up. For those that are indecisive on the cinnamon - OMG! you HAVE to make sure you add it in! This IMO makes this dish amazing! As another reviewer stated, it brings a whole other dimension of flavour! So....what are you waiting for? Get out the stock pot and make a batch TODAY! ;)

Aug 19, 2008

Very nice. I made this while a hurricane was knocking on our door. Cheated by substituting two 15oz cans of black beans and 1 can of Garbanzo, and adding 1.5 cups of chicken broth. Didn't have corn on hand so skipped it. The cinnamon added a lovely layer of flavor. The cayenne added an essential edge. A dollop of sour cream might have been nice, but did I mention the hurricane....

Aug 09, 2010

Unless you plan to feed the whole Mexican Army, use only half the amount of beans, double the tomatoes, double the onion, and add your favorite spices. Next time after triple soaking the beans (always soak your beans three times), I will use my pressure cooker. The corn should be added at the last moment, just to heat through. This recipe is an inexpensive way to feed your family wholesome food.

Oct 10, 2003

This recipe is wonderful! I have even non-vegetarians eating and requesting this one! Very filling and pretty easy to make a well. I make this a lot. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe!!!


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  • Calories
  • 426 kcal
  • 21%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 76.3 g
  • 25%
  • Cholesterol
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Fat
  • 5.9 g
  • 9%
  • Fiber
  • 21.6 g
  • 86%
  • Protein
  • 22.6 g
  • 45%
  • Sodium
  • 227 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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