Hearty and Flavorful Black Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes: The Perfect Winter Comfort Food

Feb 2, 2024 | Main Courses


Prep Time

Cooking Time

10 minutes (plus overnight soaking)
1 to 1 ½ hours

Black Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes


– 2 cups dried black beans (soaked overnight)
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– 1 onion, finely chopped
– 4 garlic cloves, minced
– 2 teaspoons ground cumin
– 1 teaspoon paprika
– 1 teaspoon dried oregano
– 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
– 4 cups vegetable broth
– 1 can diced tomatoes (14 oz)
– Salt and pepper, to taste
– Optional toppings: sour cream, cilantro, avocado

Black Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes


1. Begin by draining and rinsing the soaked black beans. Set them aside while you prepare the other ingredients.

2. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté until softened and translucent, approximately 5 minutes.

3. Add the minced garlic, cumin, paprika, and dried oregano to the pot. Stir well, allowing the spices to release their aromatic flavors for about a minute.

4. Now, add the soaked black beans, sweet potato cubes, vegetable broth, and canned diced tomatoes. Give it a gentle stir, ensuring all the ingredients are well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5. Increase the heat to high and bring the stew to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low, cover the pot, and let it simmer for 1 to 1 ½ hours until the beans are tender and the flavors have melded into a rich, comforting stew.

Tip: If you prefer a creamier texture, blend a portion of the stew using an immersion blender or transfer a portion to a blender, blend until smooth, and return it to the pot.

6. Serve the black bean stew piping hot in bowls, garnishing with your favorite toppings such as a dollop of sour cream, a sprinkle of fresh cilantro, or slices of creamy avocado. These additions elevate the flavors and add a fresh touch to the stew.

– For a smokier flavor, add a chipotle pepper in adobo sauce to the stew while it simmers.
– Experiment with different types of beans such as red kidney beans or pinto beans for a unique twist.
– Add a squeeze of lime juice before serving to brighten the flavors further.

In conclusion, this Black Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes embodies the essence of winter comfort food. Its heartiness and depth of flavors make it a perfect companion on those chilly evenings, and the memories it evokes make it truly special. So, gather your loved ones, embrace the warmth, and indulge in the magic of this nourishing dish.

Black Bean Stew with Sweet Potatoes

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