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  • Spicy Beef Stew with Kale and Pinto Beans

    Posted on | May 3, 2009 | 39 Comments |

    It is May, and can you believe we still have stew weather here? I can’t wait for summer, but I am sure I will be complaining about the heat then. I guess we have the best of both worlds right now, with just a couple of warm sunny days per week, and the rest of it wet and cold. All this rain sure makes us appreciate the sunshine that much more!

    This hearty stew would’ve been a great candidate for my Hunger Week collection. Stew meat is really cheap and with all that kale and beans it is packed with nutrition. It is quite a filling one pot dish which can be put together with the least effort. I could input some data into my handy excel spreadsheet from the Hunger week to calculate exactly how much this dish costs, but frankly I don’t want to look at the spreadsheet ever again! So trust me, this is a very budget friendly dish.

    Beef Stew



    • 1lb beef, stew meat, cut into bite sized pieces
    • 1/2 cup diced onions
    • 1 can cooked pinto beans, washed and drained
    • 4 cups kale
    • 2 tbsp tomato puree
    • 1.5 cups beef stock (chicken/vegetable stock would do)
    • 1 tbsp red chili powder
    • 1 tbsp coriander powder
    • 1/2 tsp garam masala
    • salt to taste
    • 1 tbsp oil


    In a pressure cooker (or a large pot with a tight fitting lid), heat the oil and add the beef pieces and stir fry till browned. Add the onions and saute till the onions are softened. Add the chili and coriander powders and mix well. Reduce the heat and saute for 2-3 minutes till the spice powders are slightly fried. Increase the heat and add the tomato puree and mix well. Add the Kale and stock and 1/4 cup hot water and bring back to a boil.

    Close the pressure cooker. Cook for 6 minutes on medium heat after the first whistle.

    (If not using a pressure cooker, add 1 cup hot water, bring to a boil, cover the pot with a tight fitting lid, cover and cook on medium heat for 20-25 minutes till the beef pieces are cooked through. )

    Once the pressure cooker is cooled down, open the lid, add salt and pinto beans and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes.

    Serve warm with bread.

    Category: Beef or Veal, Greens, Lentils and Legumes, Mains

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    39 Responses to “Spicy Beef Stew with Kale and Pinto Beans”

    1. Asha
      May 3rd, 2009 @ 12:27 pm

      WOW!! Mouthwatering Indian style stew and with kale too, slurp! Wish we had a stew weather here! It’s been cloudy for 3 day and humid but it’s not raining. Very frustrating.

      Enjoy the stew, I think it will be hot there too in a month, it’s coming! :)

    2. elra
      May 3rd, 2009 @ 1:20 pm

      Absolutely delicious. Love the addition of kale there.

    3. Mamatha
      May 3rd, 2009 @ 4:44 pm

      And sans the bread, very SBD friendly too :) I made an almost similar vegetarian spinach-pinto soup yesterday. I’m not a huge fan of beef, but would like to try this stew with pork instead.

    4. luckysanjana
      May 3rd, 2009 @ 6:38 pm

      yummmmmmy……I havent eaten in Beef in ages…………..i can almost smell that aroma when you fry it with the onions………mmmmmmmmm.By the way what is kale……….?

    5. Ann
      May 3rd, 2009 @ 7:20 pm

      Looks awesome with Beans and Kale..great idea and what an authentic photograph..tempting to grab from the screen..!! Enjoy the weather ..

    6. arundati
      May 3rd, 2009 @ 8:06 pm

      i love the dark brown colour… you eat a lot of kale don’t you? :)

    7. Shreya
      May 4th, 2009 @ 12:46 am

      Hi Sig, love the stew recipe, the colour is perfect! I don’t eat beef:-( Keep enjoying the weather:-)

    8. sra
      May 4th, 2009 @ 1:36 am

      I don’t eat beef but it looks nice anyway. The kale would have added bitterness but you like kale and bitter, right? I ground a huge batch of masala powder today, can’t wait to begin exhausting it. Something like this would be ideal. :smile:

    9. lissie
      May 4th, 2009 @ 4:59 am

      delicious recipe! i love beef in any form, especially stew! :razz:

    10. Happy Cook
      May 4th, 2009 @ 5:15 am

      I love stews lke this as the meat is always cooked really well and they just melt in your mouth and this one looks really delicious.
      Hope you get sunny weahter soon there.

    11. rina
      May 4th, 2009 @ 6:51 am

      A quick healthy tasty stew Sig..

    12. Laavanya
      May 4th, 2009 @ 8:16 am

      We’ve been having some weird weather too. I love the pot you’ve served the stew in.

    13. sandeepa
      May 4th, 2009 @ 8:36 am

      That pot is so very cute, anything in it will be slurrrped up

    14. SuperChef
      May 4th, 2009 @ 1:46 pm

      looks great..AJ will love it for sure!! and i LOVE that pot!!! sooo cute and perfect for soups n stews!!

    15. cheffresco
      May 4th, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

      Mmm looks delicious! I love kale!

    16. Cham
      May 4th, 2009 @ 8:12 pm

      Did i love ur pot or stew the most, both are gorgeous :smile:

    17. tina
      May 5th, 2009 @ 6:03 am

      ohhhhhhh delicious delicious nd delicious….looks perfect nd mouthwatering….

    18. veena
      May 5th, 2009 @ 7:49 am

      delicious dish ..simply mouthwatering
      keep in touch

    19. Cynthia
      May 5th, 2009 @ 3:15 pm

      I love the vessel this stew is served in!

    20. Nags
      May 6th, 2009 @ 2:58 am

      a friend asked for a good beef recipe. since i don’t eat beef i sent her here. i knew you wouldn’t disappoint :)

    21. Juliana
      May 6th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm

      Wow, this really looks delicious…love beef and beans. Love the picture!

    22. The Koshy Mostafas
      May 6th, 2009 @ 1:32 pm

      First time visitor.

      I love how your recipes are chokeful of healthy nutrients and yet, look really yummy!

    23. alice
      May 6th, 2009 @ 7:27 pm

      Looks wonderful and beautiful presentation.

    24. sunita
      May 7th, 2009 @ 12:01 am

      That’s such a hearty pot of stew :-)

    25. DK
      May 7th, 2009 @ 12:39 am

      well ..U might be surprised to see my comment for a Beef stew – but gotto tell u sig! The dish looks mouthwatering! Shhh…dont let anyone know I said this back home! will ya? :wink:

      And that Jar!!! I am gonna flick it from u in my next trip to Seattle!

    26. mandira
      May 7th, 2009 @ 9:41 am

      Sig, I love that picture – looks hearty and comfort food. The weather here has been fluctuating too…

    27. varsha
      May 7th, 2009 @ 6:06 pm

      Wahh..I am so in love with that pot n also the stew inside it..Where did u get that from, Sig? n the stew is just so good..i can eat beef in anyform..:)

    28. A&N
      May 7th, 2009 @ 8:14 pm

      I shall make this a veggie stew!

    29. Nirmala
      May 8th, 2009 @ 4:16 am

      I don’t at beef but the combo sounds intersting. I have seen this pot before here. Looks lovely. And Sig, u soon will become a budget friendly foodie for consulation ;)

    30. Asha
      May 8th, 2009 @ 4:17 am

      Sig, the friend I am going to visit is a pure Brahmin girl, a very strict one at that! So no pink or any color drinks for me at all but lots of talk and pure veggie food! :lol:

      Hugs, see you in June!:)

    31. Nupur
      May 9th, 2009 @ 11:08 am

      We’ve had some horrid rainy weather here too. Thanks for stopping by my blog to say hello, Sig!

    32. prajusha
      May 9th, 2009 @ 8:22 pm

      stew looks delicious and pot looks so beautiful.

    33. Denise
      September 16th, 2011 @ 11:49 am

      Delccious inspiration! Just made this with some changes–used tomato paste and a Dutch Oven, used chickpeas instead of beans. Increased Garam Masala to 1 tsp. and the best change: added 3 TB peanut butter–whisked with some of the soup liquid first then added to the pot. Thick + creamy! Very good, thanks for sharing.

    34. Brysen
      May 3rd, 2013 @ 2:28 am

      The expertise shines through. Thanks for taking the time to aswner.