Monday, February 3, 2014

Hearty Eating ~ Hamburger, Bean, Tomato Stew

Kidney beans are one of my favourite types of beans. I soaked and cooked a bag of beans earlier in the week which were used in a few different dishes.  I used the majority of the cooked beans to make a bean-tomato-hamburger stew.


  • 1 chopped medium onion
  • chopped green tops from 2-3 leeks or a few stalks of celery or zucchini
  • 3 finely chopped garlic cloves 
  • 1 can stewed & diced tomatoes or use 3-4 chopped fresh tomotoes
  • 1 can of tomato paste
  • 1 can of water
  • 2 tsp. of dried chili peppers
  • a few splashes of soy sauce  
  • 1-2 pounds of ground beef 


Brown the ground beef on low heat so you don't need any oil. Cook well and add a bit of soy sauce to taste and colour. Add onions, green tops from the leeks and fresh garlic and cook well. I used leek tops because I made leek and potato soup the other day and didn't want these to go to waste. I don't suggest you buy them just to use in this recipe. You can use celery or another vegetable of your choice. Zucchini would be nice.

Once the veggies are cooked you can add the large can of stewed tomatoes and the small can of tomato paste. Fill the empty large tomato can with water and add it to the hamburger and vegetable mixture.  Simmer the mixture for another 20-30 minutes.

This is quite a nice, thick hearty stew. It is not chili though if you want it hot you can certainly use a lot more chili peppers.  I think a nice dish of brown rice and/or salad would be good with this stew.  I won't be eating mine with rice because I added a bit of leftover rice from the other day right into the stew so it wouldn't go to waste.

This stew is made ahead for the week. Every week I try a different type of bean
or pulse and make meals around that particular item. Next time I will likely use green lentils.

Kidney beans are good for: cancer prevention, brain function, blood sugar, sulfite detoxification, digestive tract health, cardiovascular issues, energy levels and bone strength.  They are also high in protein (comparable to that found in meat or diary).

What about your dear reader?
Do you like kidney beans?


Ceil said...

Hi Joyful! That stew looks so good! We had five inches overnight, and it's still coming down. Some stew would go down so beautifully right now. I do like kidney beans! I make a stew called Cabbage Patch Stew, and it looks a lot like yours.

Hope you continue having a mild winter!

Coral Wild said...

This looks so good Joyful! Although it is much, much hotter here I always enjoy a "chilli" and rice. I often add grated carrot as well - helps bulk it up too as well as being healthy.

I love beans but prefer cannellini (white kidney beans) over the red variety!

Hope the visit to your mother went well.


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