Smoky Bean Stew with Kale

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This vegan butter bean stew recipe is a healthy cold weather recipe. It’s hearty enough to be served on its own or with some crusty bread.

And all of a sudden it’s time for comfort food 😨

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White bowl of bean stew with a slice of bread and a fork

Hearty bean stew for autumn

Are you ready for autumn comfort food? I’m very unimpressed at the thought of summer being over but the only good thing about a change in seasons is a change in food and as much as I love pasta salad, veggie pulled pork and all my favourite picnic food I’m probably just about ready to start hitting all the comfort food classics.

This bean stew is the perfect thing to take you from summer to autumn. It’s quick and easy to make so you don’t need to spend forever in the kitchen and it’s full of healthy beans and warming spices.

I like to serve it with super crusty bread (I had it with cheesy bread last time and it was amazing!) but you could have it over rice or another grain of your choice if you prefer.

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Close up of stewed beans with kale in a white bowl

Why we love this butter bean stew…

It’s suitable for vegans and it’s also gluten free and dairy free so it can be enjoyed by pretty much everybody!

It has a hint of spice from the chilli flakes and bags of flavour from the addition of the other spices

You only need a handful of store cupboard ingredients to make this stew so it’s perfect for when you’re stuck for something to make for dinner

It takes less than 45 minutes to make this stew and it’s so easy to make that you can do it even on the busiest (or laziest) of weeknights

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White bowl of bean and kale stew with bread on a blue background

Bean and Tomato Stew Ingredients

Onion and Garlic: The start to any good stew

Spices: Chilli flakes, cinnamon, smoked paprika and cumin all go into this stew

Chopped Tomatoes: Use your favourite brand as this makes up the base of the stew

Butter Beans: Or you could use another white bean if you prefer

Kale: Wilted into the stew just before serving

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Pot of vegan stew with beans and kale

How to make butter bean stew

Saute the onion and garlic: Heat the olive oil in a pot and add the onion and garlic, fry for a few minutes until softened.

Make the sauce: Add the spices and season well then pour in the tomatoes and bring to a simmer until thickened.

Finish the stew: Add the beans and cook for another 10 minutes, wilt in the kale then serve with crusty bread.

Equipment you need to make this recipe…

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Butter bean stew in a white casserole dish

Expert tips for making vegetarian bean stew

If you want to add extra veggies to this stew then you could try anything you like; broccoli, carrot or mushrooms would all work well

To bulk it out even more you could try serving with a grain of your choice instead of just bread

This stew makes great leftovers so it’s ideal for meal prep and taking for work lunches during the week

Want more? Try these other vegan recipes!

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Smoky Bean Stew with Kale

This vegan butter bean stew recipe is a healthy cold weather recipe. It's hearty enough to be served on its own or with some crusty bread.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 446kcal
Author: Amy Fulwood


  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Onion chopped
  • 4 cloves Garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 2 tsp Cumin
  • 2 400g tins Chopped Tomatoes
  • 2 400g tins Beans drained and rinsed
  • 100 g Kale chopped and stems removed
  • Crusty Bread to serve


  • Add the olive oil to a large pot over a medium heat. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes then add the garlic and cook for another few minutes.
  • Add the spices and some salt and pepper and stir well. Add the tomatoes and bring to a simmer, cook for 20 minutes until thickened.
  • Add the beans and cook for another 10-15 minutes until the beans are heated through. A couple of minutes before serving stir through the kale and allow to wilt. Serve with crusty bread.
Nutrition Facts
Smoky Bean Stew with Kale
Amount Per Serving
Calories 446 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Sodium 773mg32%
Potassium 1537mg44%
Carbohydrates 35g12%
Fiber 16g64%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 659IU13%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 300mg30%
Iron 13mg72%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Nutrition information is an estimate and will vary depending on the exact ingredients used.
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  • Reply
    12/09/2019 at 5:06 PM

    5 stars
    This looks delicious! Love the colors, flavors (especially smoked paprika) love the comfort food!

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    12/09/2019 at 6:03 PM

    5 stars
    This will be perfect to serve the next time we have a large group of people over because it is suitable for everyone with different diet restrictions.

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    12/09/2019 at 6:29 PM

    5 stars
    This is the perfect recipe to transition from summer to fall! So hearty and so delicious!

  • Reply
    EA The Spicy RD
    12/09/2019 at 6:47 PM

    5 stars
    This looks like the most delicious healthy comfort food! I’m not ready for summer to end either, but I’m definitely ready for this bean stew. Love smoked paprika-I bought the prettiest tin this summer in San Sebastian!

  • Reply
    Marie-Charlotte Chatelain
    12/09/2019 at 7:00 PM

    5 stars
    I love that this is a budget-friendly plant-based recipe that actually packs a bunch of protein! I would totally serve that for lunch or brunch with a crusty loaf of bread! LOVE

  • Reply
    16/09/2019 at 10:12 PM

    I think I’ve found dinner for tomorrow…this looks delicious! Butter beans are my favourite!

  • Reply
    03/03/2020 at 2:42 AM

    5 stars
    My husband and I went on our very first kid-free weekend away. This was a recipe I planned for our trip. We didn’t end up making it while away but made it when we got home. So, so delicious. I can’t wait to make it again!! It’s a new favorite. Thank you!

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