Thursday, March 12, 2020

Menestra de Porotos #ImprovCookingChallenge

This delicious and easy bean stew from Ecuador is perfect for Meatless Mondays or Fridays during Lent.  Beans of your choice simmered in a fragrant tomato sauce and served with steamed rice.

It's also perfect for the Improv Cooking Challenge of Beans and Rice.......

Beans and Rice are the perfect marriage.  This combination has been a staple in many cultures throughout the world.  It is nutritious and inexpensive.  It is also darn tasty.

I have shared many bean and rice recipes with you from all parts of the world.  Majadara from Lebanon is one of my favorite dishes.  And I also love these Caribbean Beans and Rice.  So I was excited when Nichole of Cookaholic Wife named the theme for this month.  Not only because I was able to research and try a new recipe but because the others are sharing recipes I can try as well.

The rules of this fun group are that the chosen ingredients must be in your recipe.  You can include any other ingredients that you want but the two chosen ingredients must be included.  Let's see what the others made with their beans and rice......

March Improv Cooking Challenge
      Beans and Rice
        • Chicken Burrito Bowls by Cookaholic Wife
        • Southern Style Red Beans and Brown Rice by Pandemonium Noshery
        • Taco Rice by Making Miracles
        • Southwest Chicken and Rice Soup by Palatable Pastime
        • Rajma Chawal (Indian Style Bean Curry with Steamed Rice) by Sizzling Tastebuds
        • Greek Cauliflower Rice and Chickpeas by Kate’s Recipe Box
        • Menestra de Porotos by A Day in the Life on the Farm

        • I adapted this recipe from one found at Laylita's Recipes. The main adaptations were that I halved the ingredients to only serve 4 people.  I had no achiote so I substituted turmeric and paprika.  I used chicken broth instead of water and I forgot to soak my beans so I first cooked them in the Instant Pot so that they were ready to be combined for this stew. You could also use canned beans for this recipe.

          The recipe does not specify any certain kind of beans.  Use whatever is in your cupboard or whatever are your favorite.  I used Yellow Indian Woman Beans that my friend Cam of Culinary Adventures with Camilla had sent to me.

          #meatless, #Lent, #beans, #rice, #quick, #easy, #onepotmeals,
          Meatless, Vegetarian, Beans, Rice
          Yield: 4 servings

          Menestra de Porotos (Bean Stew from Ecuador)

          Menestra de Porotos (Bean Stew from Ecuador)

          This delicious and easy bean stew from Ecuador is perfect for Meatless Mondays or Fridays during Lent. Beans of your choice simmered in a fragrant tomato sauce and served with steamed rice.
          prep time: 10 Mcook time: 40 Mtotal time: 50 M


          • 1 c. dry beans, precooked in an Instant Pot or 1 (15 oz) can of beans
          • 1 T. olive oil
          • 1/2 red onion, diced
          • 3 cloves garlic, minced
          • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes
          • 1/8 t. turmeric
          • 1/8 t. paprika
          • 1/2 t. cumin
          • 1/2 t. chili powder
          • 2 c. chicken broth
          • salt and pepper, to taste
          • Steamed rice for serving


          How to cook Menestra de Porotos (Bean Stew from Ecuador)

          1. Heat the oil in a pot over medium heat.  Add the onions and garlic, cooking until fragrant and onions are beginning to soften.
          2. Add the tomatoes, turmeric, paprika, cumin and chili powder and cook for about 5 minutes.  Add the chicken broth and beans.   Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about half an hour while you make the rice.
          3. Taste, season with salt and pepper as needed.  Serve with cooked rice of choice.


          Prep time does not include precooking beans in Instant Pot. Recipe adapted from one found at Laylita's Recipe.
          Fat (grams)
          Sat. Fat (grams)
          Carbs (grams)
          Fiber (grams)
          Net carbs
          Sugar (grams)
          Protein (grams)
          Sodium (milligrams)
          Cholesterol (grams)
          Created using The Recipes Generator


  1. that's a filling dinner isnt it, Wendy ? love the punch from the paprika and intrigued by what "yellow Indian WOman beans" are !! never heard of them.. gonna look it up.. :)

  2. So many great seasonings in this dish! It sounds hearty and warm for a cool evening.


I enjoy getting comments and feedback from my audience. Please let me know what you think, keeping in mind that we are all entitled to our own beliefs and opinions. I am happy to hear yours as long as they are stated nicely.