Recipe for Bush Family Zuni Stew


    Bush Family Zuni Stew

    1 1/2 cups pinto beans (soaked overnight and drained)
    1 bay leaf
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons corn or vegetable oil
    2 yellow onions, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
    2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    2 tablespoons red chile powder (or more if you'd like)
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
    1 pound fresh tomatoes, peeled, deseeded and chopped
    2 dried ancho chile peppers, deveined, seeded and cut into narrow strips
    1 pound yellow or zucchini squash, cut into 1-inch pieces
    4 ears corn (cut the kernels off)
    8 ounces fresh green beans. cut into about 1-inch pieces
    4 ounces Monterey jack or Muenster cheese, grated
    1/2 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped - reserve a few whole leaves for garnish

    Place beans, bay leaf and oregano in a saucepan; cover with plenty of water and cook over medium heat for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

    Remove from heat when beans are soft, but not mushy. Add salt. Drain beans, but save the broth.

    Heat oil in a large skillet; sauté onions over high heat for 1 to 2 minutes. Lower heat, add garlic and spices, and stir. Add a little bean broth so chile powder doesn’t scorch. Cook until onions begin to soften, about 4 minutes, then add tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in chiles and remaining vegetables, along with cooked beans and enough broth to make a moist stew. Cook at a high simmer until vegetables are done, about 20 minutes. Stir in cheese and chopped cilantro, and garnish with whole leaves of cilantro. Serve with cornbread or tortillas. Serves 6.