There’s nothing better than a well spiced, hearty stew on a cold night. This healthy, vegan Green Chile Potato Stew recipe will warm you up in no time. Thank you to The Little Potato Company for helping me share this recipe with you.
If it’s one thing I’ve learned about dinnertime prep in the fall, it’s this…serving up soups and stews will always (ALWAYS!) make my family happy. Whether it’s something like this stick-to-your-ribs green chile potato stew, a pot of chili with a side of cornbread or a broth-based soup, steaming hot comfort food always gets the nod of approval. And honestly, that couldn’t make me happier because soups and stews are some of the easiest meals to pull off at a moment’s notice.
As rich and creamy as this potato stew recipe looks, I promise you that it’s actually healthy and doesn’t use a single drop of cream. So, how do I achieve that creamy consistency without turning to dairy? I have three tricks to share with you!
Full credit for the first trick goes to the potatoes. The natural starches from the potatoes work as a thickener when simmered along with the broth. Have you ever set aside some of the pasta cooking water when boiling a pot of pasta, then used that water to extend and slightly thicken your sauce? Same idea here.
If you’ve visited here before, you know that I’m a huge fan of The Little Potato Company Creamer potatoes and always have them on hand for easy side dishes and entrees. In this potato stew recipe, I used the Dynamic Duo varietal, but any of their Creamer potatoes would work well. Their natural sweetness lends a really nice flavor to the stew.
The second tip isn’t rocket science if you’re familiar with making a gravy, gumbo or almost any sauce that requires thickening. Make a roux! A roux is made with a bit of fat (olive oil in this case) and a thickener such as cornstarch (gluten free option) or flour.
And last but certainly not least is one of my favorite tricks for thickening stews. Rather than tossing in all of the cooked beans at once, I set aside about three-quarters of a cup of the beans, smash them with the back of a fork, then mix the smashed mixture into the stew. They’ll appear to clump up in the broth at first, but will gradually “melt” into the broth.
Serve up this stew with a side salad or steamed veggies for a complete, healthy meal.
Green Chile Potato Stew Recipe
There's nothing better than a well spiced, hearty stew on a cold night. This healthy Green Chile Potato Stew recipe will warm you up in no time. 233 calories and 3 Weight Watchers Freestyle SP
- 3 tsp olive oil
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 lb. Little Potato Company Creamer potatoes, chopped*
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp cornstarch
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth
- 1 cup frozen corn kernels
- 6 oz. canned diced green chiles
- 1 chipotle pepper, seeded & diced
- 2 (14 oz.) cans white beans, drained & rinsed
- Juice of 1/2 lime
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro
Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onions and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
Add the cumin, oregano and garlic, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Add the potatoes and salt, and stir to mix with the onions.
Push the potato mixture aside to form a clear spot in the center and pour in the remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil. Add the cornstarch, then stir into the potatoes, cooking for 1 minute.
Add the vegetable broth, corn, green chiles, and chipotle pepper, and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to a lively simmer and cook, uncovered, until the potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
In a medium-sized bowl, smash ½ cup of the white beans with the back of a fork. Add the smashed beans, along with the remaining whole beans and lime juice, to the stew. Simmer until the stew is thickened, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the cilantro, adjust seasoning to taste, and serve.
*I used the Dynamic Duo varietal and cut each potato into 8 pieces.
Weight Watchers Points: 3 (Freestyle SmartPoints), 6 (SmartPoints), 6 (Points+)
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