Recipes on October 17, 2011 by

Meatless Mondays: Savory Bean Stew with Cheddar Corn Dumplings

There is a crispness to the air today that makes bean stew sound absolutely divine! This recipe takes some planning and is meant to cook for 5 hours. HOWEVER, since many of us are already in the throws of Monday, here are some easy things you can do to still enjoy this at home tonight.

-Sub the dried black beans and pinto beans for canned versions- 2 cans of each should be more than sufficient.

-Use dried Anasazi and lentils in place of the black and pinto beans- they cook faster and require no overnight soaking.

Savory Bean Stew with Cheddar Corn Dumplings


  • 2 cups cooked Black Turtle Beans
  • 2 cups cooked Pinto Beans
  • 1 (28 oz.) can Crushed Tomatoes
  • 2 cups chopped Sweet Red Bell Pepper
  • 2 small Zucchini, coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Onion, chopped
  • 1 Poblano Chili, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced Celery
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1 Tb Chili Powder
  • 2 tsp ground Cumin
  • 2 tsp Oregano
  • 1/2 cup Unbleached White Flour
  • 1/2 cup Medium Grind Cornmeal
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Cold Butter
  • 1/4 cup Reduced Fat Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 cup Lowfat Milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)


Combine tomatoes, bell peppers, cooked beans, zucchini, onions, poblano chili, celery, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano and 1/4 teaspoon salt in slow cooker. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or until vegetables are tender.

During the last hour of cooking, prepare dumpling batter. Combine flour, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt in medium bowl. Cut in cold butter with pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Stir in cheese and cilantro. Pour milk into flour mixture; blend with wooden spoon just until dry ingredients are moistened. Drop dumpling dough into 6 mounds on top of bean stew. Cover and cook 40 minutes to 1 hours or until toothpick inserted into dumpling comes out clean.  Makes 8 Servings.

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