Recipe No.5 (Aug. 22, 2011)

Porotos Granados

(Loosely translated from Chilean Spanish: “hulled beans,” meaning newly hulled beans, as opposed to dry beans.)

So, for this recipe, I wanted to use the newly harvested beans that came out of our garden. The rest of the ingredients were also readily available, so here goes.

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. oil
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 3 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes
  • 3 cups stock or water
  • 1 – 1 1/2 lbs. pumpkin or winter squash, diced (I used frozen)
  • 2 cups beans (cranberry or purple hull – I used purple hull)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen corn
  • 2 – 3 Tbsp. fresh basil

Prep

Heat oil over medium flame in large pot. Add onions and sauté until translucent. Stir in garlic, paprika, cumin and oregano and sauté for another 1-2 minutes.

Add tomatoes and cook another 3-4 minutes. Add stock, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until pumpkin and beans are cooked through and soft.

Stir in corn and basil. Simmer another 5 minutes, adjust seasoning and serve.

(This is a vegetarian recipe, but your choice of meat can be added.)

In Chile, we usually accompany these with an “ensalada a la Chilena” (fresh tomatoes and onions salad); it is a summer favorite!

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