Have you been looking for something a little different for dinner? This Black Bean Stew is just the thing. It’s packed with protein and good carbs, is simple to make and creates an intoxicating aroma as well as incredible flavor.

Black beans have 30 grams of protein per cup  which makes this stew not only a good carb load but also helps with daily protein intake. Combined with sweet potatoes, its not only healthy, but full of flavor.

And sure you could purchase canned black beans, but take that extra step and cook your own.  Not only can the  amount of salt be controlled but also any other added ingredients. Do this a day or two ahead to avoid a longer cook time at the stove.

The stew is simple enough to make. With just onions, sweet potatoes and cilantro there’s minimal chopping involved.

The fun is at the stove where cooking the onions, ginger and spices creates a heady aroma. I like to put my head over the stock pot and take a deep breath. Cooking is Aromatherapy!

After the initial cooking stage, its only about twenty to twenty five minutes until the stew is fully cooked and ready to serve.
Add Cashew Lime Crema and fresh chopped cilantro, and you’ve got a meal that will have your friends knocking on your door for more.

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Black Bean Stew
Serves 6
Black beans and sweet potatoes are paired together in this recipe bringing about a terrific nutritional punch. Serve this to a bunch of hungry friends and they'll just hang out at your place waiting for some more good soup.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. 2 cups black beans, cooked
  2. 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  3. 1 sweet potato, medium dice
  4. 1 small onion, small dice
  5. 1 poblano chili, small dice
  6. 1 1/2 tsp cumin, ground
  7. 1 1/2 tsp coriander, ground
  8. 1/2 tsp ginger, ground
  9. 1 tbsp salt
  10. 1 tsp black pepper
  11. juice of 1 lime
  12. 1/2 bunch Cilantro, finely chopped
  13. Cashew Lime Crema
  1. Prepare the vegetables
  2. Heat up a stock pot
  3. Pour in the oil and let it get hot.
  4. Add the onions and poblano chili and stir.
  5. Once the onions are hot, lower the heat and saute until the onions are brown.
  6. Add in the salt, cumin, coriander, and ginger.
  7. Toss in the sweet potatoes.
  8. When the sweet potatoes take on some color, deglaze with lime juice.
  9. Cook a little more until the sweet potatoes soften.
  10. Add in the black beans and enough water to cover.
  11. Bring to a boil then lower the heat and cook for 20 to 25 minutes. Add water if needed while cooking.
  12. Remove from the heat.
  13. Toss in the chopped cilantro.
  1. Serve drizzled with cashew lime crema and fresh cilantro.
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