Porotos Granados (Chilean Bean Stew)
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Porotos granados, or Chilean bean stew. A cozy and comforting puree of corn and butternut squash, cooked with onion and garlic and classic Chilean spices. Naturally vegan and gluten free
Serves: 4 main dishes
  • 1 bag frozen corn (~ 12 oz or 350g), or 3 ears fresh corn
  • ½ butternut squash
  • ½ cup (120ml) vegetable stock or water
  • 1 can beans, drained and rinsed (cranberry or cannelli are great, but anything works)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1½ teaspoons merken*
  • 1½ teaspoons oregano
  • 1½ teaspoons cumin
  • ½ cup fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Heat oven to 400F (200C). Cut the butternut squash and half and remove the seeds. Roast the butternut squash until soft (20-30 minutes, depending on how big it is). Remove and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, defrost the corn if using frozen. Reheat in the microwave or boil until soft. Let cool slightly. If using fresh corn, boil for about 10 minutes until soft, then let cool and slice off the kernels.
  3. Once the corn and squash are cool enough, add them to a blender with about half of the vegetable stock and puree until liquefied.
  4. Next, heat a pot on medium heat with oil. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and sautee 2-3 more minutes until fragrant. next, add the spices, adjusting to taste.
  5. Add the beans, then the puree and bring to a simmer for about 15 minutes. If the mixture is too thick, you can thin it out with a bit more of the stock.
  6. To serve, ladle the mixture into shallow bowls. Top with sliced tomatoes, more merken, chopped basil and sea salt.
*See link above. This somewhat spicy pepper can have a smoky flavor, similar to smoked paprika. I'd use that as a substitute if you can't find or buy merken near you!
Recipe by French Pressed Kitchen at https://frenchpressedkitchen.com/porotos-granados/