Bean Stew With Cornmeal-Cheddar Dumplings

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Kittencalrecipezazz

This is a hearty vegetable stew. Adjust all seasonings to taste.

Top Review by jasie_peltier

Amazing - I always love your recipes, kittencal! I cook for very large groups on a very small budget, so in lieu of the zucchini I just added several cans of corn. Also (I'm in Switzerland), since cheddar cheese is expensive, I subsituted Fontal cheese in the dumplings and added quite a bit more cayenne than it called for. It was a hit! Thanks so much for all of your great cooking ideas!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a Dutch oven, heat oil over medium-high heat; add in the onions, garlic, bell peppers, jalapeno pepper (or the chile pepper) chili powder, cumin and oregano, saute for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add in the chopped tomatoes with juice, zucchini, pinto beans with juice and black beans with juice; bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 20-25 minutes (or until the zucchini is tender) season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. In a bowl combine the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and cayenne pepper (if using).
  4. Cut in the shortening until crumbly.
  5. Stir in the shredded cheese.
  6. Add in half and half cream; stir JUST until moistened.
  7. Drop the dough by heaping tablespoonfuls into the simmering mixture; cook 5 minutes, then cover with lid and continue to cook for 8-12 minutes more, or until the dumplings are done.

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