Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 50 mins

A hearty Mexican vegetable dish made with red kidney beans. To vary the dish, vary the beans. And to make it vegetarian, omit the bacon or replace it with vegetarian sausage. I have posted this recipe, adapted from an International Masters '1001 recipes for Pan or Wok' for the 2005 Zaar World Tour.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel and crush the garlic; peel and slice the onion and carrot; deseed and dice the red capsicum; coarsely chop the bacon by cutting with kitchen scissors.
  2. Heat the oil in a large, deep pan, preferably non-stick; add the onion and bacon and sauté for 5 minutes; add the carrot, garlic and red capsicum and sauté for a further 5 minutes.
  3. Add the kidney beans and the can juices to the pan, stir in the tomatoes, cumin and chilli sauce, and season to taste with salt and black pepper; and bring the mixture to the boil.
  4. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 40 minutes, or until the liquid has thickened; garnish with chopped fresh coriander and serve hot. if the liquid starts to thicken too quickly, reduce the heat slightly and stir in a little boiling water or a little wine (at room temperature).
Most Helpful

Good! But this tastes very similar to Spicy Black-Eyed Pea Skillet, which is much faster to make. I was disappointed because I was looking for something different. I would like to tweak it so the sweet chili sauce is a more pronounced flavor in the final dish.<br/>5/24/13: Better- 1/4 cup sweet chili sauce, smoked paprika instead of cumin, and a tablespoon of bbq sauce. A whole different recipe, I guess... but very delish!

J-Lynn May 24, 2013

Who would think that kidney beans could taste so good? Not only was it delicious, but the chunkiness of the vegetables and bits of bacon made this have a great "mouth-feel". I used a green capsicum which added contrast to the red beans. tomatoes, and orange carrots. It went very nicely with tacos made from Mexican Beef and Cheesy Salsa Rice. Thamks bluemoon downunder. Made for Ali Baba's Babes for ZWT5 and will make this way again :)

Acerast May 22, 2009

absolutely lovely recipe! apart from cutting down the portions I followed the recipe to a T! made a perfect accompaniment with pork sweet chilli burgers! Thank you bluemoon. Makes the beans in Blazing saddles look tame!!!

Mand1642 May 14, 2009