Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper

 Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper by @SpicieFoodie | #stew #beans #sausage #habaneropepper #spicy

Chilly or cold weather to me means a hearty warm bowl of stew is in order. We’ve had a few chilly days here. Let me clarify, when I say “chilly” I mean temperatures in the low 20°C and upper teens Centigrade; in Fahrenheit that would be a range from mid 70s to 60s. My, my, how spoiled I’ve become. Regardless, the chill in the air (or in my imagination) was making me crave a warming meal. And that’s exactly what I set out to cook.

 Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper by @SpicieFoodie | #stew #beans #sausage #habaneropepper #spicy

This bean stew has everything you need in it: lots of protein, energy, a green leafy vegetable and a hot pepper too! It is a scientific fact that protein not only helps keep you feeling fuller longer, but also warms you up as your body is breaking it, the protein, down. We all know how wonderful green leaf vegetables are for us, and swiss chard is no exception. It is actually one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. Hot peppers are believed to raise our metabolism and therefore help keep our bodies warm. I don’t know if this is an actual fact but I do know that my body sure warms up when I’m eating spicy food.

 Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper by @SpicieFoodie | #stew #beans #sausage #habaneropepper #spicy


5.0 from 2 reviews
Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper
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A fusion bean stew that is hearty, filling, a tad spicy and very satisfying to the last spoonful.
Recipe type: stew, main dish, winter, spicy
Cuisine: Fusion, International, Mexican
Serves: 2-3
  • 1 cup of dried pinto beans
  • 3 large smokey sausages
  • 6 chard leave, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, peeled & sliced
  • half a small onion, roughly sliced
  • 1 green habanero, stem removed but left whole or for milder stew remove the seeds and/or add a smaller piece
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 to 5 cups of chicken broth, low-sodium and no msg
  • 1.5 tsp fine sea salt, adjust to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  1. Heat the oil and once warm sauté onions and carrots, until onions are soft and translucent. Add the habanero and minced garlic and sauté for about 3 minutes, then add the sausage and cook for about 5 minutes until it begins to brown. Pour in the beans, broth, chard and sea salt and mix until well combined. Cover, reduce heat to low and allow to simmer until the beans have cooked through. If needed you can add more broth or water, I added a total of 4 cups to get the beans cooked through. It is also up to you how “soupy” you would like to serve the dish, and can add more or less broth or water. Before serving taste and adjust salt if necessary. Allow to cool slightly before serving. If you'd like, slice each sausage before serving on top of the stew. Serve with crusty bread or corn tortillas and white onion slices. Avocado is also a great topping for this stew.



 Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper by @SpicieFoodie | #stew #beans #sausage #habaneropepper #spicy

As you can see from the photos, I served corn tortillas alongside our stew. These days corn tortillas are a part of virtually all of our meals. I’m not complaining.

 Pintos, Smoky Sausage and Chard Stew Spiced with A Habanero Pepper by @SpicieFoodie | #stew #beans #sausage #habaneropepper #spicy

So how did it taste? It perfectly satisfied my craving and need for a warming meal. The habanero complimented the smokiness of the sausage wonderfully. I loved that it, or it’s spiciness, didn’t overpower any of the other flavours — it was just spicy enough.

Have a great weekend and stay warm!

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  1. Gauss says

    “Chill in the air”… I would love to be there for those chilly days. It is currently -8 Celsius here (-13 with wind chill) and it’s only going to get colder through the evening. Today at work people were getting excited because we might get to see 0 Celsius this weekend!

    Anyway, the stew sounds great, I’ll have to try it soon. I love cooking up a big pot of something filling but still healthy when it’s cold (and I mean, really cold) outside. Thank you for all your delicious recipes and photos!

    • says

      Hi Gauss! I’m horrible aren’t I? Lol. Yes, you definitely know what a chill in the air is. I hope it warms up bit for you. Enjoy your soups and I’ll stop my (silly) complaining. Thank you:)

  2. says

    It was six degrees Fahrenheit this morning when I woke up- I definitely need some soup to warm up! This one looks hearty and delicious- that habanero should take care of any chill I might have. :)

  3. says

    G’day! This is my type of recipe Nancy, true!
    Wish could come through the screen and try some of your mouth watering recipe! GREAT photos as always that inspire!
    Cheers! Joanne

  4. says

    This is definitely my kind of stew!!! Hearty and rich with flavor! That habanero is adding a little burn to my mouth just thinking about it, but it’s a GOOD burn. :) Great recipe Nancy!

  5. says

    This sound so delicious and comforting with the chilly temps we’ve been having here in the northeast. Definitely a comfort food for the season. Thanks for hosting the YBR, it’s always packed with delicious recipes.


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