Bean Stews and Chilis

Brazilian-Inspired Black Bean Stew

Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Though inspired by Brazil’s famous national dish (feijoada), this stew doesn’t claim to be authentic, but is abundant with nourishing ingredients. I love the contrast of the black beans and sweet potatoes, both flavor-wise and visually. Serve with steamed fresh greens and a tropical fruit salad or orange slices, as shown here. Thanks to Nanette Blanchard for the lovely photo! See the comments by a Brazilian reader, below, on how this differs from the national dish. more→

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Vegan Cincinnati Chili

vegan cincinnati chili

Cincinnati chili is similar to a regular meaty chili except it has unusual spices that you see more in pumpkin pie than an all-American stew. This vegan version is made in a slow cooker. Recipe from The Vegan Slow Cookerby Kathy Hester, reprinted by permission. more→

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A Big Pot of Really Good Chili

Big Pot of Really Good Vegan Chili

When you need a heaping helping of something fast, inexpensive, and hearty, I can think of few things that fit these criteria better than a big pot of chili. Of course, bean chilies—without the carne—have been a  have become a vegetarian standard; this is the recipe I’ve been making for years. Simple, hearty, and warming, this is a great choice for casual winter parties like Super Bowl Sunday, or for everyday meals. If you need fewer servings, cut the recipe in half, or then again, make the whole quantity, and freeze half to enjoy in the near future. Recipe from Vegan Holiday Kitchen; photo by Susan Voisin.
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Golden Hominy Chili

Golden Hominy Chili

Here’s an offbeat chili and a great introduction to whole hominy, if you’ve never tried it before. It’s easy to find—you’ll likely be able to get it in any supermarket shelved right near canned corn. Hominy is dried corn whose hull has been soaked off. Reconstituted, it’s whole hominy; ground, it becomes hominy grits. Photo by Evan Atlas. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Stewed White Beans with Fresh Tomatoes

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Here’s a simple and tasty late summer dish. Tomatoes and navy beans are a companionable pair, especially if you use the optional vegan sausage to bridge their flavors. Serve with a simple potato dish and a big colorful salad. more→

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Slow-Cooker White Bean and Sweet Potato Stew with Collard Greens

This stew is colorful and full-flavored thanks to a host of vegetables and seasonings. I like to cook the collards separately to avoid any bitter taste in the stew. Since sweet potatoes break down easily, it’s important not to cook this stew too long. For a mild yet still flavorful version, eliminate the hot chile. Serve it accompanied by crusty warm bread. Adapted from Fresh from the Vegetarian Slow Cooker* by Robin Robertson. more→

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Spanish Garbanzo Stew

This classic recipe is easy and quick to prepare using good quality canned chickpeas (as we more commonly refer to garbanzos). Serve with fresh bread and a simple homemade coleslaw. Adapted fromVegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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Cincinnati “Chili Mac”

This classic pasta and chili dish can be made with varying ingredients and seasonings, but the one standard factor is that it’s always served over spaghetti. Often, too, a touch of sweet spices (such as cinnamon or allspice) are added. The result: a hybrid recipe that’s uniquely American. Adapted from The Vegetarian Family Cookbook. more→

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