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Okra and Butter Bean Stew

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 (1 cup each)


  • 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


  • In a Dutch oven, cook bacon and sausage over medium heat until bacon is crisp. Remove to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings.
  • 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.
  • Stir in okra. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until okra is tender. Serve with rice if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 252 calories, 14g fat (6g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 901mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 7g fiber), 12g protein.

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  • langang
    Nov 1, 2011

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  • BLey
    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
    Feb 21, 2011

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

  • eelshaw
    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
    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 AndrewsCottage Grove OR

  • noahnumber1
    Jan 21, 2010

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  • Huddy
    Jan 21, 2010

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