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Hearty Bean Stew

From Regina, Saskatchewan, Penny Giles writes, “A Canadian prairie winter can be bone-chilling. A bowl of this meatless stew over couscous, rice or with cornbread is all it takes to warm us up. It’s hearty, tasty and—unbeknownst to your family—healthy, too!“ stew can be served over rice (note to editors: this is not meatless because of the beef broth)
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 50 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 can (28 ounces) diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups beef broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can (16 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • In a large saucepan, saute onions in oil until tender; add the garlic, cook 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, carrots, celery, broth and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Stir in the beans, tomato paste, chili powder and pepper. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition Facts
1.330 cups: 306 calories, 4g fat (0 saturated fat), 1mg cholesterol, 712mg sodium, 55g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 15g fiber), 14g protein.

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  • leann1000
    Oct 22, 2015

    This stew was very good. I usually try to make new recipes exactly but I couldn't find garbanzo beans so I got great northern beans instead, my husband doesn't like celery so I used baby spinach instead, and I accidentally grabbed Italian tomato paste. With these few changes, this still came out tasty. I will definitely be making this again.

  • Ruffshse
    Mar 5, 2014

    This was delicious ,added bell pepper ,jalapeno , cayenne pepper and cumin. Put sour cream , cheese and green onion on top. Definitely will make again , its a keeper.

  • Foodie1380
    Nov 17, 2013

    This is definitely a tasty recipe. I've made it numerous times; it's a real hit with my family and I always double the recipe so we have plenty of leftovers to eat for days. My changes: I add extra chili powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt, and I add greens- spinach, chard, kale- and sometimes I'll add some meat, like cooked chicken and sausage. I also use twice as much broth so it is a little less thick. I usually put cilantro in it, either fresh or dried (if fresh I add it toward the end, as I do with the greens, so they don't get overcooked). Finally, I play around with the bean combo, and try different ones, such as pinto beans and black eyed peas. I top it with sour cream, green onion, and fresh parsley. It's always good!

  • jerlands
    Feb 5, 2013

    Amazingly good! I thought the chili powder really brought out the sweetness of the onions and tomatoes. Oddly reminiscent of chutney :)

  • sewampler
    Mar 1, 2009

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  • Frisian_girl
    Jun 2, 2008

    This is a fabulous recipe! You can increase the liquid a bit and make it into a soup. I add a bit of cooked rice to the soup and it tastes just like Campbell's Fiesta Vegetable soup...maybe better!

  • alicee
    Mar 11, 2008

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  • Artcook
    Feb 17, 2008

    This recipe is fabulous and a welcome variation on regular chili! Very delicious and easy to make. I added about a teaspoon of ground cumin and served the stew over a little macaroni. A great meal for a cold night indeed!

  • RebeccaJoy
    Feb 16, 2008

    This is a wonderful, healthy stew - my family loves it!

  • sabrinaehmke
    Oct 14, 2007

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