In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

One-Pot Stewed Beef with Red Beans for a Quick, Easy Dinner.

Yea not so much quick, but hear me out. Cook a large batch and freeze (and thaw), for days you want a quick dinner with steamed rice or maybe you have time to make hot Sada Roti. This combination of tender beef and red kidney beans is a rich and delicious coconut gravy, with hints of herbs and ginger. Simply Delicious!

3 lbs stewing beef (large cube)
1 medium tomato (diced)
1 medium onion (diced)
7 cloves garlic (smashed)
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 scotch bonnet (cut in 1/2)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 1/2 tablespoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 3/4 tablespoon golden brown sugar
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1 large can Red Kidney Beans (rinsed)
2 tablespoon chopped parsley

Notes! May I recommend that you follow along with the video below as much more about the recipe is discussed there. Especially the ‘browning’ step, which is essentially the base of this recipe. If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the full list of ingredients to ensure that they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the Worcestershire sauce.

Wash the pieces of beef (any cheap cut will work) with the juice of a lime or lemon or 1/4 cup white vinegar and cool water (not mentioned in the ingredient list) and drain. Then season with the salt, black pepper, onion, ginger, tomato, Scotch Bonnet (optional), Caribbean Green Seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Should you have time, allow it to marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Use the video as a guide for this step. Place a deep pan (heavy one will work best) on a med/high flame and add the oil and brown sugar. The sugar will melt, go frothy, then a deep amber. At this point is when you’ll add the seasoned beef to the pot (carefully) and stir to coat with the caramelized sugar (no the dish will not be sweet). Should the sugar go BLACK, you need to STOP immediately. Allow the pot to cool completely, wash it and start over with a dry pot. If not, you’ll be left with BITTER tasting beef.

Place the lid on the pot (slightly ajar), turn the heat down to med/low and cook for 15 minutes. It will sprout natural juices. Remember to stir a couple times.

Now remove the lid, crank up the heat and burn off that liquid to the point where you see the oil we started with at the bottom of the pot.

Once all of the liquid is gone, add the coconut milk and stir well. Then pour the water into the same bowl you marinated the beef in, swish it around to pick up remaining marinade.. pour that water into the pot now. Stir well.

Once it comes to a boil, reduce it to between a rolling boil and a simmer (med/low flame) and allow it to cook for 30 minutes.

At this point we’ll add the kidney beans (any large bean will work) and bring back to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, lid slightly ajar and cook for another 30-35 minutes. Basically until the beef is tender. I explained why we added the beans at this point in the video.

During the cooking process, keep an eye on the liquid level and add more water should you need to. Once the beef is tender, adjust the salt to your liking. Determine if the gravy is at the consistency you like (cook longer to thicken or smash some of the beans, should you want it thicker). Keep in mind that the residual heat in the pot will further cook and thicken the gravy.

Once you’re happy with the results, add the parsley as you turn off the heat.

Are you interested in the chicken version of this dish?

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1 Comment

  1. Regina
    January 7, 2024 / 5:07 pm

    This looks AMAZING. Can’t wait to make it!

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