Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeño-Corn Dumplings

March/April 2013

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This healthy slow-cooker pinto bean stew recipe is bursting with veggies—onion, bell pepper, celery and corn—and topped with crunchy bits of radish and chile- and lime-flecked cornbread dumplings. If you’re pressed for time, skip the dumplings and serve this pinto bean stew straight out of the crock pot, topped with crushed tortilla chips and a sprinkling of Monterey Jack cheese. Make sure to soak your dried beans before using them in the slow cooker to ensure even cooking.

Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeño-Corn Dumplings

19 Reviews for Slow-Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Jalapeño-Corn Dumplings

Don't use this recipe!

I liked the idea of pinto beans and cornbread, but I had to do a lot of doctoring to get this to taste good. Also, wound up using jiffy mix mixed with jalapenos instead of the dumplings. Those weren't good either. I added a can of diced tomatos and next time i'll start from the bottom up by caramelizing the onions first and try to build it up instead of dumping everything in at once. I transferred it into a pot on the stove to boil it more. I had it in the crock pot all day and the flavors just weren't coming together. Cross your fingers I can it from the trash!

Slow cooker Pinto bean stew w/Jalapeno corn dumplings

I soaked the beans overnight and after 7 hrs in the crockpot they still were not done so I transferred the whole thing to a large stockpot and finished cooking it on the stove. To the stew recipe I added: 2 diced Jalapenos, 7 diced Roma tomatoes, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, 1/2 tsp cayenne, 1/2 tsp black pepper and 1 tsp mexican oregano, and 1 small can of El Pato sauce, I used fresh corn cut from the cob. We like things on the hot side and this turned out delicious!! The family loved it. =)

Bland and Boring

I'm always looking for new yummy slow-cooker recipes. Sadly, this one is not a keeper. The stew turned out bland. After adding a lot more chili powder to each dish we ended up with something that at least had some flavor. The dumplings were even disappointing. I could taste lime in a few of the bites but otherwise the dumplings were about as tasteless as the stew.

Not much taste

This sounded so good but ended up pretty disappointing. Too watery, too many onions, not much taste. I even added more veggies and chicken, but it wasn't really salvageable.

Beans, beans, beans!

Mostly beans. No much taste otherwise. Maybe the 1 lb was a typo? Fine with enough hot sauce, but I'd turn it into something chile-like with tomatoes and more spices next time.

Fun dumplings, healthy

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