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Orange Black Bean Stew

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This past week I did an atrocious job of reading and commenting on the blogs I love, and, I must apologize. You see, last week, I was dramatically ill. It all started last weekend; on Sunday to be exact, when my schedule was thrown out of whack. You see, last Sunday, I was badly bitten by the Spring Fever Bug! I know Spring isn’t technically superposed to start till March 20th – but here in Atlanta, the weather has been glorious!

Black Bean & Orange Stew

Last Sunday when my daughter and I went for our first outdoor run for 2015, the temperature was in 70’s! And, it stayed up around there for most of the rest of the week (with the exception of Friday). To all of y’all still in frigid temperatures…please don’t stop reading…I have a spare room…y’all are welcome to come thaw out…I accept payment in the form of F.O.O.D.


After a cold (for me) winter, I was so ready to be outside. I pulled out imaginary weeds; I leisurely swept my deck instead of blowing it with a leaf blower; and, I walked my dogs till they sat down and refused to budge! Ahhh…there’s nothing like the first week of warm weather (even with overcast days) – is there?


Spring Fever has never hit me this bad before! Last week, I also happened to have a hard time staying inside long enough to get dinner started. I usually find chopping and dicing so therapeutic, but last week, I was just looking for some quick and easy eats.

Sometimes, I thumb through recipes in magazines for inspiration when I am in moods like this; so, when my daughter and I were at our neighborhood Target store, I picked up copies of Real Simple and All You magazines. And, it was through these magazines that I got the inspiration for this recipe.


If you happen to pick up a copy of All You magazine (*see below for a special deal), you will find a recipe for “Cuban Pork and Black Bean Stew” – which is what gave me the idea to combine orange juice and zest with cumin and oregano to make a hearty base. As I was looking for “quick and easy”, and since my daughter and I are doing the vegetarian thing this month, I figured I would adapt the recipe, and forgo the Crock-pot for the stove-top and whip up a hearty bean stew for dinner – in less than 20 minutes!

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Savoring a bowl of Orange & Black Bean Stew, where orange juice, and orange zest, and cumin, and oregano, and tomato paste, are all harmoniously married together is like savoring a warm early-spring evening – in a bowl – even after the sun has gone down!

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Orange & Black Bean Stew

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Author: Shashi
Quick and Easy and Super Tasty, Vegetarian Orange And Black Bean Stew is a must try for a no fuss evening meal - combining orange juice, and orange zest, and cumin, and oregano, and tomato paste, in one bowl, sure to thrill your tastebuds!


  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2/3 cups tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon oregano
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups canned black beans


  • In a large pan over medium heat, add the vegetable broth, orange juice, tomato paste, cumin, oregano, and red pepper flakes and let cook about 4 minutes
  • Roughly chop up the red onion and garlic and add to the pan
  • Add the orange zest and black beans and cover and reduce heat to low and let simmer for about 15 minutes - till stew has thickened.
  • Serve warm with toppings of your choosing.
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  1. […] couple of our favorite stews are this black lentil stew and this Orange and bean stew – hope you enjoy these recipes as […]

  2. I am waiting for spring fever myself. We had snow on the first day of spring up here… Urgh!! I love to try this fresh and zesty stew… it would make the dull cool spring we are having here almost tolerable.

  3. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Shashi this stew looks so hearty and flavorful, I want to dive right in! You should’ve called me last week when you were “ill”. For a bowl of this stew, I would’ve been more than happy to come do a house call 🙂

  4. mjskit says:

    Looks like a lot of us have caught the spring bug! We’re actually getting a little spring rain right now which is very unusual, but very nice since it only rains here about 20 days out of 365. What an easy and very tasty recipe!!

  5. kitchenriffs says:

    We caught the same bug! But it’s cold again, so we’re back to dreary weather. 🙁 Anyway, love the orange in this stew — that’d sure brighten up our day! Really fun recipe — thanks.

  6. I am all about long fresh spring days too. It’s like the best time after winter I feel!! This stew looks so flavorful that I can see myself taking it with me for my imaginary picnic lunch!! Heavens!

  7. Awe! Nasty bugs are the absolute worst! 🙁 Hope you’re feeling better now! I’m sure that this lovely stew was super helpful. It looks delicious and the orange addition sounds super good! xxx

  8. I can’t wait for spring weather to come!

    This looks delicious, I wish I had a bowl of this for lunch.

  9. Life should always come before blogging. I’m always looking for recipes with black beans so thank you for sharing 🙂

  10. Kelly says:

    Haha I feel the same way! It finally warmed up and we were outside for the past few days without having to pile on all those layers 🙂 Love the orange in here, this stew looks so comforting and delicious!

  11. I am glad to see that I am not the only one still stuck on warm winter recipes!! This looks so comforting and filling!

  12. Love the orange in this — so fresh! I hope you’re feeling better friend!

  13. Kim says:

    This stew looks awesome – I love black beans!!!
    Better spring fever than any other kind of fever:)

  14. Mira says:

    Pictures of brown food can be challenging but this black bean stew looks wonderful and delicious! And me too- so happy that spring has arrived, winter was too long around here 🙂

  15. Ashley says:

    haha oh gosh I’m with you – we have had some beautiful days and all I want to do is be outside!! Gotta take advantage!

    Love the sound of this stew – especially the orange zest (I’ve been putting it in everything lately!)

  16. cheri says:

    Hi Shashi, love black beans, I bet this stew is delicious! So nice that you and your daughter run together.

  17. hotlyspiced says:

    I’m so glad Spring has arrived! I’d be out side enjoying the weather as well. I love the look of your stew and it must be wonderful with the orange juice and zest xx

  18. Love how hearty this looks yet so healthy – orange + black beans = deliciousness!

  19. Loving the orange here! That sounds so fantastic!

  20. Oh those little pots of stew are saying “come to me”. They are so delicious looking and I love the photography that just makes it look as if though the stew is alive on my screen. Mmmmmm! 😀

  21. Spring fever, now that’s something we are all happy you had. So so glad that weather’s warming up. I completely understand your happiness. Hey, the stew looks too good, the flavors are amazing. You always whip up some yumm food.

  22. ifailedfran says:

    Glad you weren’t really sick Shashi! Haha. I spent part of yesterday outside drinking a beer and relaxing and it was amazing. Also went on a pretty long walk and it was amazing. Spring is pretty amazing. And your recipe looks amazing, because what is better than sitting out on a patio after a long walk with some Mexican food and beer/margaritas and just enjoying the amazing weather? Nothing!

  23. thelady8home says:

    Oh dear! I really thought you were sick for one second….but I hear ya! Sunshine is nothing sort of miracle at this point for the likes of us who have been carving our days out of the snow mounds. Hearty looking stew, love the citrus twist.

  24. It has been a glorious week here as well! Though I’m a bit of a winter baby so i was frw,inh out when it was 80F in my house and I’m all flustered from the heat. I don’t know how I’ll survive summer 🙂
    The bean stew looks really great! How clever to add orange flavour!
    It’s taken me a while to get to my blog friends too, it’s just been so busy and I read and think I’ve caught up and then another 10 hit my inbox 🙂
    Oh well, I’m getting there!

  25. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    The stew looks very satisfying and tasty, Shashi.

  26. spicedblog says:

    Oh man…I actually thought you were really sick at first. Shame on you, Shashi. Shame on you for scaring your blogger friends. But more importantly, shame on you for rubbing that weather in our faces. We have snow in our yard still…want me to send you some? But…it is maple season here in the Northeast, and maple season always makes me happy! 🙂 I think this stew would also make me happy…it looks delicious. That avocado on top makes me think Spring isn’t that far away…haha!

  27. Tara says:

    Yum! What a great flavour combination! I love that you and your daughter go running together. Spring certainly hit here and temperatures were hovering around 70 but now they’ve plummeted back to 50 today, brrr!

  28. Looks easy, quick, and delicious. Love it!

  29. I hope that you’re feeling better chica! I was atrocious at it too, but I was just lazy.
    SO that’s a terrible excuse.
    OK though, lets talk stew. Orange and black beans?! THAT IS SO CREATIVE AND DELICIOUS. I want to swim in this stew for dinner. Pinned!

  30. I would have never thought to add oranges to black bean stew! How clever! that sounds fantastic!

  31. Joanne says:

    I think I might have caught this spring fever also, though it’s only in the 50s here! Hey, I’ll take it!! Along with a bowl of this stew thankyouverymuch. 😛

  32. That stew looks SO rich and full of flavor. Winner!