Mixed Bean Stew

Mixed Bean Stew
Mixed Bean Stew

Sort & rinse:
1 c red beans
1 c pinto
1 c black beans

Put the beans in a bowl & add:
8 - 10 c water
to cover them by 2" - 3"
& let soak for at least 7 hrs.,

or overnight.

In the morning,
rinse the soaked beans & drain.

After draining, put the beans
2 bay leaves
in a large pot.

Cover the beans with:
2 1/2" of water

above the beans & bring to a gentle boil.

Reduce heat, cover & simmer for 15 min.
Stir occasionally.
Then simmer with the lid slightly ajar for 1 - 1 1/2 hrs. or more, depending on the size & freshness of the beans, until beans mash easily.
Stir occasionally, adding water if the beans get too dry.

After beans are soft, add:
3 c fresh or frozen corn, thawed
Bring to boil.

Reduce heat & simmer for 15 min.
Stir occasionally.


After the 15 min. add:
1 1/2 t dried minced onion
1 1/2 t celery flakes
1 t cumin
1/2 t garlic powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t turmeric
2 t salt
to the pot & simmer for 15 min. more.
Stir occasionally.

Discard bay leaves after cooking & serve
or cool down & refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Can freeze, but will need to be put in a pot with a little water & heat on med. high while stirring for 3 - 5 min.