Dishing Up the Dirt

spicy black bean and sweet potato stew

March 29, 2013


When you spend all day spreading manure over your fields a hot shower, a glass of wine, and a bowl of spicy soup is only necessary.


What if I told you that despite the smell and the blood blister forming on my thumb this was the best day I have had in ages. I know I’m dramatic and all and I sometimes say “the best” way too often, but it’s the truth! I love spending time in the dirt with my family.


Broken backs, blood blisters, and too much country music. I wouldn’t change it for the world.



Whatever your plans are for the weekend they should included this lovely soup. Slow down, pour yourself some wine, and savor every bite. Happy Friday everyone!


Spicy Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew (serves 4-6)

As always adjust seasonings to taste.

2 TBS olive oil

1 medium-sized yellow onion, diced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced

1 green bell pepper, seeded and finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 medium-sized sweet potato, cut into 1/2 inch cubes

1 TBS ground cumin

1 TBS chili powder

2 tsp dried oregano

2 (15 oz) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 (28 oz) can of crushed tomatoes with their juices

3 cups of veggie stock

salt and pepper to taste

In a large soup pan heat the oil. Add the onion and saute’ for about 5 minutes. Add the peppers, garlic, and sweet potato. Cook for about 3 more minutes. Add the spices. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the beans, tomatoes, and veggie stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and simmer for about 30-40 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Enjoy!


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12 thoughts on “spicy black bean and sweet potato stew

  1. Hope you get a chance to heal your blisters this weekend! I love all the spices and veggies in here – looks fab!

  2. Since becoming a vegetarian one of the foods that I really miss is beef stew. There is just something so comforting about it. Thank you so much for this vegetarian version. I am going to HAVE to make this!

  3. What is it about black beans and sweet potatoes that are just so right together?
    Golly, you make the most amazing food. I could easily come spend a week at your place. But Henry would have to sleep with me, that would be okay right? 😉

    1. abemis11 says:

      Haha!!! Sold! Henry can’t wait for a sleepover 🙂

  4. what a sweet post- isn’t it so nice to have a blog so you can remember this day during the times when you may not be feeling so good?

  5. I love your site. I know I’ve said it before, but I love coming here for a dose of farm life and a dose of delicious homemade recipes. It’s beautiful. Keep it up 🙂
    And yes, every day that involves farming is the best day ever. It’s a secret that only we know. It’s the secret to living the good life. But don’t tell people who wear suits and work in tall buildings.. 😉

  6. Yes for blooding blisters proof of hard honest work! Yes for slowing down! Yes for wine! Yes for this stew!

  7. Beth says:

    Thanks for the fine recipe, Andrea.
    Here’s a question about those two shovels, one square-shaped, the other spade-like.
    What’s the difference between the two? I know they’re shaped differently – but what is the purpose for those two different shapes?
    Thanks – and a happy holiday to you, to your good husband, and to The Good Henry.

    1. abemis11 says:

      Hey Beth,
      We bought these shovels at a garage sale. The only difference was the price. The short one was a dollar cheaper. They both dig up the dirt pretty much the same. I wish there was a more exciting answer but that’s all I’ve got!

  8. Joanne says:

    I would definitely need a HUGE bowl of this soup after a day like yours! So delicious and nutritious!

  9. Julia says:

    Coooooooooooome to meeeeeeeeeeeee!

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