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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Stewed Anasazi Beans with Mushrooms

Before you go crazy looking for the Anasazi Beans, you can also use pinto beans. Even though Anasazi Beans are a food of our native fathers and over 1500 years old, I only discovered them about 20 years ago. Where I live now they are not that easy to find, but Whole Foods and some health food stores carry them sometimes. Online is always a good idea. This is delicious!

Yield: about 6 cups
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2 cups dried Anasazi beans
6 cups beef broth
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
2 springs fresh thyme
2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
1 tablespoon tomato preserves (use the ones you canned last summer)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chervil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mesquite-flavorite barbecue seasoing
4 scallions, chopped
1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms
1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil

Sort and wash beans; soak in water to cover 8 hours or overnight. Drain.

Combine beans and next 11 ingredients in a Dutch oven; bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour or until beans are tender.

Cook scallions and mushrooms in oil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until tender. Stir into bean mixture; return to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves. These are even better the next day.


  1. so, are these sort of like baked beans? but with mushrooms. this really sounds good.

  2. These are not as sweet as regular baked beans, nor do they have the strong barbecue flavor. I guess the answer is not really.

  3. I have never heard of these, imagine,, they were eating these that long ago, I wonder how they prepared them, i suppose they just boiled them, I 'm having a conversation with myself here, ha ha,

    have a wonderful weekend, I will look for these beans but I doubt very much we have them, we are a bit behind the times, do you know we had one Mexican restaurant come to town and it shut down within a year, isn't that crazy, we are a strange lot, pinto beans aren't common either,


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