Okra and Butter Bean Stew Recipe
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Okra and Butter Bean Stew Recipe

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This stew is adapted from my mom's down-home Louisiana recipe, and it turns okra-haters into okra-lovers. Guaranteed. —Kaya Mack, Wichita Falls, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Cook: 45 min.
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 7 bacon strips, chopped
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 small green peppers, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) butter beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen sliced okra
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 252 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 901mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein.


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook bacon and sausage over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  2. Cook onion and green peppers in the drippings until tender. Stir in the water, beans, tomatoes, tomato paste, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add bacon and sausage; cook 10 minutes longer.
  3. Stir in okra. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until okra is tender. Serve with rice if desired. Yield: 12 servings (1 cup each).
Originally published as Okra and Butter Bean Stew in Taste of Home February/March 2010 , p78

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BLey User ID: 6084079 117411
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"This is a great recipe and one that I will make often. The second time I added fresh basil and cilantro. Yummy"

Kdavis50 User ID: 5726640 109869
Reviewed Feb. 21, 2011

"very good stew, first time I had okra and butter beans. easy to make, excellent taste. Wil make it again."

eelshaw User ID: 2602613 188359
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2010

"Being relatively new to okra, I decided to take the author, Kaya's challenge. I wouldn't consider myself an okra hater, but I've never found it very appealing - until I tried this recipe! Very easy to make, tasty, and filling. I look forward to making it again soon. Thanks!"

Cyrano65 User ID: 5122093 189509
Reviewed May. 18, 2010

"This is one of the best okra stews that I have ever made or tasted. I did modify it the second time I made by adding a couple of small jalapeno peppers to it in addition to the green peppers for an extra kick.

My husband loves it with corn bread.
Kay Andrews
Cottage Grove OR"

Huddy User ID: 1654694 170143
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"Very easy to make and a different kind of Stew. Good Tasting."

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