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How To Make Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

This Cuban-inspired black bean stew is made with yams and chicken sausage The rich flavors of black beans with the sweetness of yams and the savory taste of chicken sausage melds together for a flavorful stew.

Beans make great stews and my Moroccan Stew recipe is easy and sure to please.

Main Ingredients

  • Black beans: I usually make this stew with dried black beans; however, you can use canned beans, and the stew will be ready much quicker.
  • Yams: The yams really make the stew, and sweet potatoes work just as well.
  • Bell Peppers:
  • Cumin: If you are not familiar with Cumin, it has an earthy, and slightly nutty flavor with a hint of citrus. Some people also describe cumin as having a slightly bitter taste. The aroma of cumin is intense and can be described as pungent and peppery.
  • Orange Juice: Fresh squeezed is preferred, but using bottled juice also works.

Optionally you can add a little shredded chicken on top with slices of avocado.

✎ How to Make Black Bean Stew

  • In a large pot, add the dried black beans and cover the water and let soak overnight or use the quick soak method.
  • Drain and add fresh water to the beans. Over a medium heat bring the beans to a low boil, then reduce heat to low and let the black beans simmer for about 90 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  • In a medium size Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and add the onions and garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the cooked beans, cumin, dried oregano,yams, sausage, bay leaves, and orange juice to the sauteed onions and garlic. Simmer the stew over low heat for about 1 hour more, stirring occasionally, and add more water if necessary.
  • Once the beans and yams are tender and the flavors have melded together, remove the bay leaves and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Serve the black bean stew with white rice, sliced oranges, and fresh parsley as garnishes.

Common Questions

Can I add other ingredients to the stew?

That’s the fun part of making stews; customize the stew to your liking by adding other ingredients, such as beans or potatoes. You can also add different herbs and spices to change the flavor. Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly if adding ingredients that take longer to cook.

Storing Leftovers

Let the stew cool completely before storing it in the refrigerator. Transfer the leftover stew to an airtight container. Glass or plastic containers with tight-fitting lids work well for storing stew. Label and date the container.

Store the stew in the refrigerator as soon as it has cooled. Keep the stew in the coldest part of the fridge, typically the back or bottom shelf, where the temperature is most consistent. Use the leftover stew within 2-3 days. If you cannot eat the stew within this time frame, you can freeze it for longer storage.

Black Bean Stew

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A Cuban inspired black bean stew made with tender yams and chicken sausage.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Quick Soaking Method 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Course Main Course

Equipment

  • 1 4-quart Dutch oven
  • 1 Chefs Knife

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried black beans
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ onion diced
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 links chicken sausage fully cooked
  • ¾ teaspoon dried cumin
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 large yam peeled and diced
  • ½ cup orange juice fresh squeezed
  • 2 bay leaves

Instructions

  • In a large pot, add the dried black beans and cover the water and let soak overnight or use the quick soak method.
  • Drain and add fresh water to the beans. Over a medium heat bring the beans to a low boil, then reduce heat to low and let the black beans simmer for about 90 minutes or until the beans are tender.
  • In a medium size Dutch oven, heat the olive oil and add the onions and garlic, and sauté until the onion becomes translucent and the garlic is fragrant.
  • Add the cooked beans, cumin, dried oregano,yams, sausage, bay leaves, and orange juice to the sauteed onions and garlic. Simmer the stew over low heat for about 1 hour more, stirring occasionally, and add more water if necessary.
  • Once the beans and yams are tender and the flavors have melded together, remove the bay leaves and adjust the seasoning if needed.
  • Serve the black bean stew with white rice, sliced oranges, and fresh parsley as garnishes.

Notes

If using canned black beans, skip to step 3, which reduces the cooking time.
If using dried beans and white foam forms on the surface  during cooking, just skim off the foam that forms on the surface.
For a vegetarian option, leave out the chicken sausage.
Leftover black bean stew is amazing serving rolled up in a flour tortilla.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 2cups | Calories: 565kcal | Carbohydrates: 98g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 451mg | Fiber: 20g | Sugar: 6g
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