Spicy Bean Beef Stew

October 19, 2015Sew White

Branston Beans are celebrating their 10th birthday and I’ve been involved in creating a delicious dinner to showcase how they can be used in other meals than the delicious and famous beans on toast. I give you my delicious (if I do say so myself) Spicy Bean Beef Stew.

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Branston beans are a brilliant item to have in the cupboard as they can be added to so much more than most people think. You can add them to chilli con carne, shepherds pie and even my favourite beef stew. They can add a lovely addition to any dinner and as they are already cooked through you don’t have to wait for ages for them cook in a dinner.

The Branston beans have recently been voted by the Good Housekeeping Institute as the best beans! After trying them in the stew I can see why.

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My beef stew is very easy and you don’t need to get too much from the supermarket. This meal cost £15 including wine and fed 4.

-1 tin of Branston Beans
-500g diced beef
-2 red onions
-2 carrots
-2 parsnips
-fresh chilli to taste
-2 beef stock cubes
-300ml hot water
-2 tins of tomatoes
-salt and pepper
-half a teaspoon of dried thyme– a good glug of worcester sauce
-a good glug of red wine (optional)

-Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.
-Chop up the red onion and in a casserole dish on a medium heat soften with a little oil.
-When the onion is soft add the beef.
-Peel and chop the carrots, chilli and parsnips.
-When the beef is cooked on most sides add the carrots and parsnips.
-As they start to soften add the stock cubes and the water. When it starts bubbling at the tomatoes, salt, pepper Worcestershire sauce and thyme.
-Pop the lid on the casserole dish and pop in the oven for 1hour 30minutes. (The dinner will be ready in 2 hours from when it goes into the oven).
-If you want dumplings make them according to the Atora beef suet pack. If you want potatoes with it instead, time them to be ready 2 hours from when the stew goes into the oven.
-After 1 hour 30 add the Branston beans and the dumplings. If you add the beans too early they will turn to mush in the stew. Adding them at this moment helped keep them whole but hot.
-Cook for 30 minutes more.
-Serve with a good glass of red wine and enjoy on a cold autumn night.

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The Branston beans really added a delicious extra taste and texture to the finished stew and everyone who ate it commented on how nice they were. I’ve already had to give this recipe to all who tried it with two wanting me to cook it for them again next weekend.

A little thing as a bonus; I really liked how the tomato sauce helped thicken up the stew in it’s last 30 minutes in the oven.

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This is one very happy delicious bean filled dinner!


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  • Helen @ Fuss Free Flavours

    October 20, 2015 at 9:09 pm

    I love the Branston Baked Beans as an ingredient too.

    My mother tried lots of them and came to the same conclusion that she liked the Branston best.

    Lovey stew, and perfect as the weather is changing tomorrow.

    1. Sew White

      October 20, 2015 at 9:43 pm

      Thank you so much Helen. They are a brilliant cupboard ingredient. Will have to make sure I always have some in the cupboard from now on.

  • Helen at Casa Costello

    October 21, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    OOh I really like the sound of this with dumplings – Have never tried Branston beans but will give them a go now. Pinned for later.

    1. Sew White

      October 21, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I’m so glad you like the look of it! x

  • Becca @ Amuse Your Bouche

    October 21, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    Brilliant idea to add beans to a stew, they do such a good job of making the sauce thick and rich. Love it.

    1. Sew White

      October 24, 2015 at 10:48 am

      I am definitely going to be doing it more often.

  • Emma @ Supper in the Suburbs

    October 22, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I’m terrible – I rarely snaffle a can of beans unless its alongside a hearty cooked breakfast so I really do need to start getting a bit more imaginative!

    I would never have thought of putting them in a beef stew but now you say it I can see it would definitely work. Great idea 😀

    1. Sew White

      October 24, 2015 at 11:26 am

      I really want a fry up now with extra beans!

  • Abbigayle Warner

    October 25, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    I typically don’t eat stew but this actually looks very appetising! great job x

    1. Sew White

      October 25, 2015 at 2:55 pm

      Thank you 🙂 I wish I had some now x

  • Tori Gabriel

    October 25, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    This sounds lovely! I love Branston Baked Beans (and of course their pickle). I always think of Richard Branson whenever I see this brand though even though I know he has bothing to do with it!

    1. Sew White

      October 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm

      Heehee we were joking about the same thing while I was making it.

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