My friend, Cristianna taught me this recipe on a weekend get-away we had with our spouses. Since her wife is a vegetarian, all of the food we were cooking that weekend was meat-free. BUT this stew would have fooled me. Cristianna uses a meatless “chorizo” sausage that has amazing spicy flavor and a great, meaty texture. This, along with hearty black beans and sweet potatoes and then sweet mango makes this dish absolutely delicious! Now, I make it all. the. time.
-1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
-1 lb chorizo sausage (vegetarian or the real thing)
-2 large sweet potatoes
-1 medium onion
-3 cloves garlic
-2 bell peppers
-30 ounces canned crushed tomatoes
-32 ounces canned black beans
-1.5 cups broth (vegetable or beef)
-1/2 cup fresh chopped cilantro
-salt and pepper, to taste
1. Peel and chop the sweet potatoes into bite size, even pieces.
2. Chop the bell peppers and onion into small, even pieces.
3. Slice the jalapeño in half and remove the seeds, if you do not want
the stew too spicy. Or keep the seeds if you want a real kick. Finely chop the jalapeño.
4. Peel and chop the mango into small, even pieces.
5. Mince the garlic cloves.
6. Roughly chop the cilantro.
7. Heat a large pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil and chorizo.
Cook the chorizo, breaking it up, until cooked through.
8. Add the chopped sweet potatoes, onion, bell peppers, and
jalapeño. Stir and cook 2-3 minutes.
9. Add the minced garlic and cook another 2 minutes.
10. Add the crushed tomatoes and broth. Stir, cover, and let
cook for 15 minutes.
11. Rinse the black beans and add to the stew. Cook another 5-10
minutes, or until the beans are heated through.
12. Add the cilantro and give it a taste test. Add any salt or pepper
you may need here.
13. Add the mango, give it a stir, and serve it up!
If you ever try this recipe, let me know what you think!