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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew

Sometimes I make ugly food.

Sometimes that ugly food ends up not being half bad.

This is one of those times. Yes, this stew looks pretty dark and drab. However, it actually tastes pretty remarkable and if you add some cheese, well, cheese makes everything better.

I made this a few weeks ago when Chicago seemed to be getting rained in every day. Warm and hearty, it is the perfect thing to squeeze in during these last few days of cold weather.

Black Bean and Sweet Potato Stew


2 sweet potatoes
1 15 oz can black beans
1 onion, chopped
2-3 cups of water


Heat oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and cook until softened, roughly 10 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, black beans, and water. Bring to a boil. Cook until the sweet potatoes are cooked all the way through, roughly 10-15 minutes. Drain and serve with cheddar cheese.


  1. Love this--so simple but sounds delicious, healthy, and filling. Thanks!

  2. I love black beans and sweet potatoes!! Such an awesome combo.

  3. Haha! I know what you mean! I pretty frequently make ugly food (usually Mexican, haha!) and it still tastes fabulous. If only I could figure out how to make stuff look just a bit prettier. ;)

  4. What a simple recipe! It looks delicious and it appears to be something even I can handle. :) And really, it's not ugly at all!

  5. if only food always looked as good as it tasted! :)

  6. I love this combination - sounds great!