Friday, March 15, 2013

Recipe Rave Review: Crock Pot Momma - Soyrizo & Black Bean Stew

Well, I am at it again, Crock Pot Momma'n it UP!  When the cold front rolled into Orange County and brought some rain with it, I was ready to whip up a hearty, toasty meal for the TH and I to share while cuddled in our warm home.  Where do I go when looking for a good crock pot recipe?  Well, duh, my Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook, courtesy of the great and talented Kathy Hester.  Stay tuned for her new book coming out this fall... Vegan Slow Cooking for Two or Just For You!

I decided to go with something "safe", meaning the TH had already eaten something similar (check out my Sweet Potato and Soyrizo Enchilada recipe rave review) and given it the thumbs up.  Needless to say, I was excited to see a Soy Chorizo (I call it Soy-rizo) Black Bean Stew.  On Friday night, I decided to get it all ready so Saturday morning I could dump it in and press power to have dinner merely eight hours later.

As with all recipes, the first thing I had to do was check out what it called for versus what I had; for me that can often be what makes or breaks my dinner plans.  Lucky for me, all I had to pickup at the store was a few key items and I was ready to go!  If there is one thing I hate, it is super involved recipes.  Kathy never fails to make it easy on this Crock Pot Momma.


  • 1 TBS Olive Oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 clove of garlic, minced (I just used the minced garlic I already had in the fridge)
  • 1/2 minced bell pepper
  • 1/2 package (6 oz) soy chorizo
  • 2 cans of (organic) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 1/2 TBS vegan chicken flavored bouillon (I used vegetable since, again, I had it)
  • 1/4 TSP cumin
  • 1/4 TSP chipotle or pasilla chile powder (I just used chili powder)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
In an effort to get prepared I sauteed the onions first, and once those were grilled up I added the garlic and bell pepper.  When that was all sauteed to perfection, I tossed it in my air tight glassware and went to bed.

The next morning I combined all the ingredients and cooked on high for 6 to 8 hours (timing depends on your crock pot) and oh boy did my house smell good!  The TH and I shared some wine while we waited and he made his famous home made salsa (I will be sharing his recipe later... once I get his permission), we were pumped!

When that stew was ready, I was in HEAVEN!! I love me some veggie chili and this was just as spicy and savory as any chili.  It was another successful recipe and we enjoyed the leftovers for days to come.  We used it on top of baked yams and went back to that sweet and spicy mix we love so much! YUMMO! {Note from Nic: Em was kind enough to send a little bit of this my way, and my TH and I had an impromptu baked potato bar for dinner that night since I had some potatoes sitting around that needed to be used - recipes I can re-purpose are my favorite as I am not too keen on leftovers!}

Little avocado topper with chips... oh yeah!

Another successful CPM Recipe and many more to come!

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