Pinto Bean & Chorizo Stew

Pinto Bean & Chorizo Stew, it's the perfect comfort food to warm up with all season long. Flavoured with fragrant cumin, coriander, and allspice, this chunky stew is best served with a hot, buttered crusty roll for dipping.


Renée was born and raised in Shawville, Quebec and now calls Nova Scotia home. After a brief hiatus to raise her family, Renée jumped back into the ring to open The Canteen. An ardent supporter of local farmers, fishers and various other types of food producers, Renée has a long list of professional accolades and has been the spokesperson for a number of culinary brands and organizations.

Prep Time:
12+ hours
Cook Time:
2 hours, 15 minutes
Total Time:
14+ hours
4-6 servings


1 medium onion, peeled & thinly sliced
1 cup pinto beans, soaked overnight (or 2 cups canned & reserve liquid)
kosher salt
1 cup chopped sweet potato (skin on)
2 cups chorizo, coarsely chopped chorizo (use Italian sausage if chorizo is unavailable).
½ cup olive oil– 1 cup vegetable or chicken broth
6 garlic cloves, sliced
4 tomatoes, coarsely chopped
1 small bunch of Tuscan kale, center ribs and stems removed, torn into large pieces
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tbsp ground coriander
2 tbsp ground allspice–
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, juiced
2 tbsp cilantro, chopped


1. Soak beans overnight.

2. Once beans have soaked overnight, place in a pot and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and simmer for 1 ½ -2 hours or until the beans are soft. Set aside and reserve the liquid.

3. In a heavy bottomed pot, add oil, onions, and garlic. Cook for 3-4 minutes until onions start to soften.

4. Add chorizo and cook until brown.

5. Once meat is browned, add the tomatoes, beans, and sweet potato.

6. Season with coriander, cumin, and allspice. Cover with stock, reserved bean liquid and simmer for ½ hour or until the potatoes are tender.

7. Add the kale and lemon juice.

8. Season with salt and pepper.

9. Finish with fresh cilantro. Garnish with sour cream, avocado, fresh chillies (optional) and more cilantro.



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