Savory cannabis edibles are all the rage. Why tuck into a sugar-filled brownie when you can enjoy marijuana alongside your regular meals? We share tons of mouth-watering canna-infused meals here at WayofLeaf, and today we have an extra special treat: Black bean cannabis stew!
Those who have tucked into a black bean stew before will know all about this hearty and delicious meal. Those who haven’t will be impressed to try it, especially when it’s full of weed goodness.
Stick around to learn how to cook up this 420-friendly stew.
What Is Black Bean Stew?
Black bean stew is a soupy dish originating in South America. Recipes online declare that it comes from Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil. Wherever it originates, it is an authentically Latino dish prepared with South American ingredients and packed full of spicy flavors.
Traditionally, the stew consists of black beans, onion, garlic, and seasoning. However, some recipes also add yams, carrots, and other ingredients. The stew is seasoned with spices like cumin, cayenne pepper, and chili flakes. Again, the spicing varies between different countries and even between families and individual chefs.
Whichever way you make it, the stew is hearty, filling, and packed with protein.
It’s a cheap vegetarian meal that’s ready in about 45 minutes, making it an easy one to prepare on a weekday evening. Throw in some tasty cannabis, and you have a relaxing bowl of goodness! The heat makes it perfect for a comforting winter’s evening. So, grab your favorite strain, and let’s get cooking!
How to Make a Cannabis Black Bean Stew
Black bean stew is really easy to make; you don’t need any advanced cooking skills. The WayofLeaf recipe uses black beans, yams, onion, and plenty of spices. You can add other ingredients once you’ve got the hang of it.
First, drain and rinse the beans. If using dried beans, you may need to soak them overnight, unlike those that come from a can. Dice up onion and garlic finely, then add these to a large pot on the stove and sweat for about 5-10 minutes. Then, add a can of tomatoes, the black beans, and plenty of vegetable stock.
While this begins to simmer, peel and chop a sweet potato into cubes. Season with salt, then roast in the oven for about 20 minutes at 425˚F. Set aside.
Next comes the seasoning. Make sure you season it to your preference, adding plenty of spices. At this point, you can also add the cannabutter you will have prepared beforehand. This melts into the stew and makes it a little bit creamy!
At the end, puree part of the soup using a hand blender. Alternatively, you can add two ladles of the stew to a blender, puree it, and add it back to the pan. This makes it a little thicker but allows you to retain the chunky texture of the vegetables.
Finally, serve and add your toppings. We feature a list of the best cannabis black bean stew toppings later in this recipe.
Preparing Your Cannabutter
Since cannabutter is the essential ingredient that allows you to infuse your stew with pot, you will need to whip up a jar of it beforehand. Cannabutter takes a while to prepare, so make sure you’re aware of this before you begin.
Although it takes several hours, the process is really simple. Take your strain of choice (we feature some of the best strains for this stew below) and decarboxylate it. This means adding it to the oven at 350˚F for about 30 minutes to activate the cannabinoids. Then, grind it coarsely.
Next, melt the desired amount of butter in a crockpot and add an equal amount of water. Stir the two together, then tip in the cannabis and stir it in well. Bring the mixture to a simmer, but do not allow it to boil. You need to cook the butter mixture for approximately 3 hours, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Keep checking it to make sure it isn’t too hot.
Finally, allow the mixture to cool slightly, then pour it through a cheesecloth and into a jar or container. Let the butter cool in the fridge, where it will separate out from the water. Then, you can empty the water out and store your butter as normal. Now you have a handy tub of cannabutter!
It’s best to make a little more than you need for the recipe. That way, you have extra cannabutter on hand to cook up a variety of other marijuana-infused recipes. If you plan on making many varied edibles, choose a neutral-tasting strain. Otherwise, try our recommendations below. For a vegan option, try replacing the cannabutter with infused coconut oil.
Best Strains for Black Bean Cannabis Stew
For this black bean stew, we recommend finding strains with a spicy flavor profile. It will complement the herbs and spices well, lending flavor to the stew as well as cannabinoids. There are tons of spicy strains to try, including:
- Red Congolese
- Dragon’s Breath
These all carry gentle notes of spice alongside complex flavor profiles. They make a great addition to any Mexican stew. However, you must note the genetics of the strain in question.
WayofLeaf recommends an indica for this recipe. After all, it’s the perfect recipe to cook for you and a significant other before you curl up on the couch and drift off soundly to sleep. As a result, you probably don’t want an energizing sativa strain that will have you bouncing off the walls!
An evening strain such as Argyle, Gorilla Glue, or OG Kush is your best bet. Admittedly, OG Kush is slightly sativa-dominant, but it is not as potently energizing as other strains. You can therefore enjoy the relaxation it provides without immediately falling into slumber.
Gorilla Glue is one of the best picks for this recipe. It’s a 50/50 hybrid that provides super calming effects, helping you settle down and unwind.
The flavor it inherited from its parent strain, Chocolate Diesel, is complex and earthy, with undertones of chocolate. If you have ever added cocoa powder to a chili con carne, then you will know that this is the perfect strain to include in a black bean stew!
Be warned, though, that Gorilla Glue can pack 25% THC. As a result, you may need to be cautious when adding it to your stew. A little goes a long way!
Topping Suggestions for Cannabis Black Bean Stew
Now for the exciting part. There are lots of ways to top a black bean stew, and these are some of our favorites:
- Sour cream: Take the edge off the spice with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt on top of the stew. Yogurt is the healthier option, but sour cream adds a nice tang.
- Guacamole: Homemade guac is the best topping for a black bean stew. Go one step further by making cannabis-infused guacamole complete with canna-oil, and you have a potent stew full of THC.
- Pico de gallo: Add some freshness by including pico de gallo atop your black bean stew. You can make it at home with tomatoes, onion, lime juice, and cilantro.
- Hot sauce: Some like it hot, and adding extra hot sauce on top of your spicy black bean stew is one way to have your ears steaming!
- Bacon bits: If you’re not vegetarian, you can add extra texture by adding crispy bacon cubes to the top of the stew.
Cannabis Black Bean Stew Recipe
Black bean cannabis stew is really easy to make. Follow the simple instructions below to prepare a delicious meal that you will return to time and time again!
- 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1 can tomatoes
- 1 large sweet potato, peeled and cubed
- 2 cups chopped onion
- 2 tablespoons garlic, minced
- 3 tablespoons cannabutter
- 3 cups vegetable broth
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 425˚F. When it’s ready, toss the yam cubes with salt and olive oil, then cook for about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, add the onions to a large pot on the stove. Over a low heat, sweat the onion for about 5-10 minutes, stirring often. Add in the garlic, then the spices. Stir well to coat the onions in the spices.
- Next, pour in the black beans, the tomatoes, and the vegetable broth. Stir it together well, then add the cannabutter. You can melt it beforehand or add it and allow it to melt in the pot. Don’t worry if it separates slightly, as blending later will help.
- When the sweet potato is ready, add the chunks to the stew and allow to cook for about 5 minutes.
- Using a hand blender, puree part of the stew into a thick, soupy texture. Don’t blend it all as you want to retain texture. If you don’t have a hand blender, add two ladles worth of the stew to a normal blender and blitz it, then add back to the pan.
- Simmer for another 8-10 minutes, then serve and top with your desired toppings.
Final Thoughts on This Marijuana-Infused Black Bean Stew Recipe
Black bean cannabis stew is a recipe that you’re sure to love and go back to often. It’s tasty, hearty, and perfect for cozy nights in. Make sure you use a strain you enjoy and that you calculate the right amount when making your cannabutter; nothing spoils a relaxing evening quite like greening out!
Have you tried this recipe? Let us know what you thought in the comments down below!