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Crockpot Black Bean Stew with Roasted Red Pepper, Chicken, and Cilantro

Crockpot Black Bean StewWith the recent braces on the lower teeth completing the set, soft foods have become a hot menu item around here, and this black bean stew is something soft that I made with leftover roast chicken and the rest of the jar of roasted red peppers from Caper Vinaigrette. I always feel proud of myself when I can manage to use ingredients that are leftover from another recipe, so I had a good feeling about this. I decided to call it stew because it seemed too thick to be soup, but does anyone really know where exactly the line is drawn between soup and stew? If soup is more your style, it’s fine with me if you add an extra cup of chicken stock and call it soup. Whatever you call it, if you happen to have new braces, this will be soft and comforting.

Black Bean Stew with Roasted Red Pepper, Chicken, and Cilantro
(Makes about 6 servings, recipe created by Kalyn.)

I used a 4.5 quart Crockpot slow cooker to make this, but any size from 3.5 to 4.5 quarts will work. Check after recipe for instructions for cooking on the stove.

1 onion, chopped
3 cans (15 oz.) black beans, rinsed well (could also use several types of beans)
2 cans (14.5 oz.) petite dice tomatoes
1 jar (12 oz.) roasted red pepper, diced
1 can (4 oz.) diced green chiles (I used Anaheim chiles, only mildly hot)
4 cups chicken stock (I used homemade chicken stock.)
3 T dried cilantro (or less, if you’re less enthusiastic about cilantro)
2 T ground cumin (or less if you’re not sure how much you like cumin)
1 T minced garlic
2 tsp. dried Mexican Oregano (probably optional, but good in this)
2 cups diced, cooked chicken (or more)
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (or more)
salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste


Chop onion, and saute in olive oil if desired, or put raw onion in crockpot. Empty black beans into a colander placed in the sink and rinse until no more foam appears. (Don’t skip this step, which removes some of the salt and makes the beans much easier to digest.) Let beans drain slightly, then add to crockpot. Drain jar of red pepper and chop into small pieces and add to crockpot, along with the diced tomatoes and juice.

Add diced green chiles, chicken stock, dried cilantro, ground cumin, garlic, and Mexican Oregano to crockpot. Cook on high 4 hours, or until flavors are well blended.

Add diced chicken, turn heat to low, and cook 15 minutes, then add chopped cilantro and cook 15 minutes more. Season to taste with salt and fresh ground black pepper and serve hot.

Stovetop Cooking Instructions:
Chop onion and saute in a small amount of olive oil in the bottom of large soup pot. Add drained black beans, tomatoes, diced red pepper, and green chiles same as above. Increase chicken stock to 6 cups, and slightly decrease spices for stovetop cooking. Simmer stew at medium simmer about 45 minutes. Lower heat slightly and add diced chicken, cook 10 minutes. Add chopped cilantro and cook 10 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper as desired and serve hot.

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South Beach Suggestions:

This stew is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet, or any other low-glycemic eating plan. For phase one, this would taste great with something like Spicy Mexican Slaw with Lime and Cilantro. For phase two or three, you could add some 100% Whole Wheat Bread.

More ideas for Black Bean Soup or Stew
(Recipes from other blogs may not always be South Beach Diet friendly; check ingredients.)
Black Bean and Rice Soup with Cilantro and Lime from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Crockpot Black Bean and Tomatillo Soup with Lime and Cilantro from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Black Bean Soup with Five Peppers and Ham from Andrea’s Recipes
Mexican Black Bean Soup for Sher from Karina’s Kitchen
Cuban Black Bean Stew from Batter-Splattered
(Want even more black bean soup or stew recipes? I find these recipes from other blogs using Food Blog Search.)

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52 comments on “Crockpot Black Bean Stew with Roasted Red Pepper, Chicken, and Cilantro”

  1. I had the hardest time finding a jar of roasted red peppers. Is there something else to use as a substitution?

  2. You could use chopped fresh red bell pepper.

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