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Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

As chilly as it's been outside, no one wants to subsist on salad and trail mix. This Southwestern-inspired stew has plenty of substance for keeping the body warm: potatoes, black beans, corn and carrots cooked in a savory, smoky chipotle-adobo broth that's got the perfect amount of heat to warm you from the inside out. Adapted from Vegan With a Vengeance, it's perfect for lunch or dinner -- especially with a slice of cornbread. (Next week ...)

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Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 large onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon cumin

Salt

Fresh cracked pepper

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce

1 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (I used fire-roasted)

3 cups water

4 russet potatoes

2 carrots

1 25-ounce can black beans

1 cup frozen corn

1/2 bunch cilantro

1 lime

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

1. Peel and quarter the onion.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

That should make it easier to thinly slice.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Add the onions and saute for five minutes or so.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

2. While the onions cook, scrub the potatoes and dice into cubes, 3/4 inches across or so.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Chop the chipotle peppers.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

When the onions are soft, it's time to add the garlic and spices.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

3. Peel the garlic and press into the onions; add the cumin, salt and pepper.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir and cook for another minute.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

4. Add the crushed tomatoes, water and chipotle peppers. Stir and cook for another minute.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Peel and chop the carrots in the meantime.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

5. Add the carrots and the potatoes to the stew.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir and bring to a boil. Simmer for thirty minutes, or until the potatoes are tender.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

While the stew is cooking, drain and rinse the black beans and zest the lime.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Squeeze out the lime juice.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Stem (roughly) and roughly chop the cilantro.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

6. Add the beans and corn after the potatoes are soft.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir them in and cook for another five minutes.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

7. Add the cilantro, lime zest and lime juice.

Southwestern stew with potatoes, black beans and corn for a spicy dinner on Meatless Monday

Stir and let sit for ten to twenty minutes before serving.



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