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A Heart-Healthy Bean Stew to Make you Feel like a Million Bucks

This Spanish Pinto Bean Stew, known in Spain as Potaje de Alubias Pintas, is what great food and healthy eating is all about. It´s packed with nutrients, loaded with flavors and comes together in about 40 minutes. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine for the ultimate experience.

Heart-Healthy Bean Stew
To make this recipe, I used jarred pinto beans, which is the same thing as the canned ones. Make sure to drain the beans into a sieve and rinse them under cold water. This ensures they will absorb all the flavors in the pan.

Heart-Healthy Bean Stew
For the potatoes, I used new potatoes. Important to use potatoes here that are more waxy than starchy. That way as they cook in the stew, they hold their shape and won´t get mushy.

Heart-Healthy Bean Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: As stated above, I used pinto beans here, but you can also use white beans, kidney beans or chickpeas. For the spinach, I used fresh bagged spinach, but you can also use frozen spinach.

Heart-Healthy Bean Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
MY NONSTICK FRYING PAN
EXTRA VIRGIN SPANISH OLIVE OIL
SPANISH PAPRIKA I USE
VEGETABLE BROTH
SPANISH SEA SALT

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Heart-Healthy Bean Stew
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Spanish Pinto Bean Stew | Potaje de Alubias Pintas

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 482 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 medium sized potato
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 tsp cumin powder 1.50 grams
  • 2 1/2 cups canned pinto beans 400 grams drained
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 2 cups fresh spinach 100 grams
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper

Instructions

  1. Roughly dice 1 small onion, finely chop 1 green bell pepper, thinly slice 1 carrot (peeled), roughly chop 4 cloves garlic, roughly chop 1 tomato and cut 1 potato into small pieces that are a 1/4 inch thick (.625 cm)

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 2 minutes add in the chopped onions, green bell pepper, sliced carrot and chopped garlic, mix together so all the vegetables are coated in the olive oil

  4. After 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the chopped tomato, the pieces of potato, 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, 1/2 tsp ground cumin and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and cook for 3 minutes, then add in 2 1/2 cups canned pinto beans (drained & rinsed) and 3 cups vegetable broth, mix together and raise the heat to a high heat

  5. Once the broth comes to a boil, place a lid on the stock pot and lower the fire to a low-medium heat

  6. After 20 to 25 minutes and the potatoes are fully cooked through, remove the lid from the stock pot, add in 2 cups chopped fresh spinach and mix together until wilted, then remove from the heat, transfer into shallows bowls, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Spanish Pinto Bean Stew | Potaje de Alubias Pintas
Amount Per Serving
Calories 482 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Sodium 634mg28%
Potassium 1689mg48%
Carbohydrates 73g24%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 17g34%
Vitamin A 9144IU183%
Vitamin C 95mg115%
Calcium 196mg20%
Iron 6mg33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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22 Comments

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  3. Gail Stone

    I’m so very impressed! Veggie soup done astoundingly well. I made pintos from dry, left out the cumin, (sounded more like chili than o wanted) and doubled the paprika. It was one of the best soups I’ve had in my 64 years. Next? The seafood pasta soup. I live on the Gulf Coast and have some good stuff in the freezer,…like crawfish stock and meat, plus some shrimp. Can I use catfish? Kudos, dear!!

    01 . Nov . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes catfish can be used! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much appreciated!

      02 . Nov . 2023
  4. Kristle

    5 stars
    Thank you so much for sharing your gift of cooking. This recipe is easy, clean and very tasty!😊

    21 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      22 . Apr . 2023
  5. Donna Harrington

    I added more rainbow carrots and a Serrano pepper minced and we loved it!! Thank you for the recipe!!

    11 . Nov . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      13 . Nov . 2022
  6. Marie

    5 stars
    I replaced pinto beans with canellini and borlotti beans. Lush!

    04 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      05 . Oct . 2022
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  9. Rosana

    5 stars
    Made this for dinner tonight and it was excellent!! Gracias for this wonderful recipe!!

    11 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      11 . Jan . 2022
  10. Shay C

    5 stars
    So flavorful, healthy and delicious! My family and I loved it! It’s quick, simple and nutritious

    11 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      11 . Jan . 2022
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  12. LW

    5 stars
    I finally made this recipe. I had no fresh tomato, so I used 1 can of diced. I also added one diced celery stick, because I like celery. Unfortunately, I had no smoked paprika, so I used regular. However, the dish was delicious, utterly delicious. Sir, my complements. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes. Many thanks!!

    10 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      10 . Jan . 2022
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  14. Richard Ñopez

    5 stars
    One question . I’m new at cooking and I find that following your instructions I have been able to make great meals. My question is when I buy the pinto beans are supposed to be pre cooked

    04 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes I used jarred pinto beans, which are the same thing as the precooked canned ones at the market 🙂 much love!

      04 . Jan . 2022

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