Orange Cocoa Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

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This is a hearty dish with a lot of flavour.

Smoky spicy chipotle peppers, rich cocoa, sweet tangy orange.

Eating this makes me happy and I hope it does the same for you.

Onions, carrots, celery = mirepoix. The foundation.

Building that flavour one step at a time.  First your onions, carrots, celery, then your spices.

Just about half way and it is starting to look and smell really good.

Black beans with chipotle peppers. A match made in heaven.

A short video of the delicious action.

How do you make this awesome dish you ask? Well I am going to tell you of course.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Orange Cocoa Stew

Ingredients

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

1 carrot, diced

1 celery rib, diced

1 medium sweet potato, cut in chunks

1 can (540 ml)  black beans, drained and rinsed

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice

zest of half an orange

1 or 2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped (comes in a can) – 2 if you like it hot and smokey

2 tbsp of the adobo sauce

2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil

2 cups boiling water

1 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped

1 avocado for garnish, cut in chunks (optional)

salt and pepper to taste

Spices

1 dried chili, crushed

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp cocoa powder

1/2 tsp oregano

Instructions

1. In a large pot or dutch oven sauté your onions, garlic, carrots and celery in the olive oil for 5 minutes until they begin to soften.  You can add a little salt and pepper at this point. 3 twists of the grinders for each will do.

2.  While you veggies are sautéing mix your spices in a mortar and pestle and grind together.  Once the veggies are ready add the spices and cook for another 2-3 minutes.

3.  Add your beans, sweet potato, chipotle pepper, adobo sauce. Mix everything together and cook for 2-3 minutes.

4.  Add the orange juice and stir around for 30 seconds. Add the water.

4.  Cook for 25- 30 mins stirring occasionaly.  If during cooking you feel you need to add more water go ahead. A little bit at a time.

5. Remove from heat.  Add chopped cilantro and orange zest.

6. Serve in bowls topped with a few pieces of avocado.

serve in bowls with brown rice or organic corn tortillas

Serves 2 (maybe 3)

Enjoy the smokey goodness.  This one is money in the bank.

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2 Responses to Orange Cocoa Chipotle Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

  1. Nick

    I decided to give this try a couple days ago and WOW, absolutely delicious! For anyone looking to give this recipe a try feel to play with the amount of cocoa and orange juice. The chipotle pepper has a great taste but can be a bit overpowering, and adding some cocoa or even orange zest can give it a bit more balance. I’m not much of a cook and this came out perfect! Great recipe!

  2. Ali

    I tried this recipe the other day and wow!!! Everyone has to try this! The chipotle is what really made it fantastic and thanks so much for it! I’m definitely gOing to try more!

    Thanks!
    Ali

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