Add a dash of Louisiana hot sauce during the last 30 minutes of cooking time to give this Pumpkin-Kale Calico Bean Stew recipe a pleasant amount of spice. This calico bean recipe is proof that canned pumpkin dishes aren't just for dessert!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse beans; drain. In a large saucepan combine beans and enough water to cover beans by 2 inches. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Drain and rinse beans.

  • In a 4-quart slow cooker combine beans, vegetable stock, pumpkin, onion, cumin, oregano, chili powder, and salt.

  • Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 11 to 12 hours or on high-heat setting for 5 1/2 to 6 hours. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in kale, tomatoes, edamame, and hot sauce. Cover and cook on high-heat setting for 30 minutes more. Makes 6 servings.

For easy cleanup:

Line your slow cooker with a disposable slow cooker liner. Add ingredients as directed in recipe. Once your stew is finished cooking, spoon it out of your slow cooker. Once the food is out of your slow cooker liner, simply dispose of the liner. Note: Do not lift or transport the disposable liner with food inside.

Nutrition Facts

268 calories; 2 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 739 mg sodium. 1099 mg potassium; 49 g carbohydrates; 13 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 15 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 13249 IU vitamin a; 32 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 2 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 339 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 172 mg calcium; 5 mg iron;

Reviews (5)

34 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 12
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
I loved this recipe. The pumpkin brings a nice creamy texture, and the multiple types of beans are a nice change.
Rating: 4 stars
Good news...Kale is actually not THAT good for you. Eight leafy greens, including watercress and Romaine lettuce, score much higher in nutritional value. So, feel free to replace kale in this recipe with something better, such as chard, beet greens, or spinach. Bon appetit!
Rating: Unrated
This soup smelled really good but, the taste was very bland. Very disappointing. As well the amount it says it will make is off. It makes much more!
Rating: Unrated
This was delicious - I really enjoy the spice that the hot sauce gives it. With all the other seasonings, I thought it was very flavorful. Great ingredients for a very healthful meal.
Rating: Unrated
Tasty - it was a good soup to throw together in the morning before work and come home to (almost) ready dinner.