Menestra (Bean Stew)


  • 1/2 LB  Beans (dry, soaked overnight – kidney, black, etc.)
  • 2 TB      Lucini Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 C    Red Onion (chopped small)
  • 1/4 C    Garlic (fresh, minced)
  • 1/2 C    Lucini Organic Peeled Tomatoes
  • ½ tsp   Paprika  (or achiote)
  • 1 tsp     Cumin (ground)
  • 2 tsp     Chili Powder
  • 4 C        Water
  • 2 TB      Cilantro (chopped leaves)
  • Salt
  • Black Pepper (fresh, ground)


Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saucepan or pot.   Add the diced onions and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, until you can smell the garlic.  Add the tomatoes, paprika,ground cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper.  Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add the water and bring to a boil.   Add the soaked beans (and enough to cover the beans) and simmer for about 2 hours, until all of the liquid has been reduced.   Mix in the chopped cilantro.


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