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Spicy Pinto Bean and Sausage Stew

January 5, 2012

A spicy stew for a cold day.  Lots of flavors in a cup and you can make it as spicy as you like.  I do relish the few cold days here in Florida and I always keep the pantry ready for the few months of chilly weather.  Plenty of dried beans, cans of plum tomatoes and a lot of peppers, onions and chilis.  Mix it up with your choice of meats and/or vegetables and you have a new dinner each time and a warm kitchen.

Spicy Pinto Bean and Sausage Stew


  • 1 lb. Dry Pinto Beans
  • 1 T. Canola Oil
  • 1 lb. Sausage (sliced)
  • 3 Slices Bacon (chopped
  • 2 Medium Onions (diced) 2 Cloves Garlic (peeled and mashed)
  • 1 Green Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1 Red Bell Pepper (diced)
  • 1-3 t. Jalapeno Pepper (minced)
  • 1 t. Smoked Paprika
  • 1 Can Plum Tomatoes (28 oz.) mashed
  • 8 C. Water
  • 1 t. Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 2 t. Freshly Grated Lime Zest
  • Juice of 1/2 Lime
  • Sour Cream (for garnish)


  1. Rinse beans under cold water; remove any pebbles or broken beans; for quick soak method; put beans in a pot and cover completely with water, boil then remove from heat; cover and set aside for 1-2 hours (or follow directions on the package)
  2. Heat oil in a large pot and saute the bacon and sausage until bacon is almost crisp (7-10 minutes); remove the bacon and sausage from pot and put in a bowl, cover and set aside in refrigerator
  3. Add the onions and garlic and cook over medium heat until soft (about 5 minutes); add the bell peppers and chili peppers to taste;continue to cook while stirring occasionally until mixture is soft
  4. Stir in the paprika, add the tomatoes and cook about 3 minutes
  5. Drain the beans and add them to the stew mixture and add 8 C. water and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 1 hour
  6. Stir in the sausage and bacon and add salt and pepper; continue to simmer (add water if the stew is too dry) until beans are soft and are beginning to break down (at least 30 minutes
  7. Stir in the lime zest and juice
  8. Serve in warmed soup bowls or cups and add sour cream

(Serves 8)

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 6, 2012 10:33

    Looks hearty and delicious.

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