Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings

Pinto Beans are a staple here at the cottage, they are a regular part of our meal plan. The first time I made this recipe we just fell in love with the flavors and the dumplings on top are a bonus! This is not just a pot of beans, this is a very special dish that you can serve for any week night dinner, a pot luck, or a great game day recipe!

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

 Soak The Bean's Overnight
Into The Slow Cooker With Wonderful Vegetables 

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Add The Liquid And Seasons

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

After Cooking Then Add The Dumpling's
Cook 1 More Hour and The Magic Happens

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew With Corn Bread Dumplings
Miz Helen's Kitchen
For The Beans
1 pound dry Pinto Beans, soaked overnight
1 Onion, chopped
1 Red Pepper, chopped
3 stalks celery, sliced
1 cup frozen whole kernel corn
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
6 cups water
2 tablespoons lime juice
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into cubes
1 jalapeno, chopped fine
Zest 1 lime
1/2 cup buttermilk
Directions For Beans
Soak the beans overnight and the next morning drain the beans and rinse them.
Place the beans, chopped onion, chopped red pepper, sliced celery, and minced garlic into a slow cooker.
Pour the frozen corn into a food colander and rinse it with warm water to thaw just a bit then stir the corn in with the bean mixture.
Pour 6 cups of water to cover the bean mixture and mix well.
Stir in the chili powder, and cumin to the mix and well.
Cook for 4 hours on high or 8 hours on low.
Stir in the lime juice, salt and pepper to taste.
To Complete The Dish
Directions For Dumplings
Whisk flour, cornmeal, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl.
Add the cold, cubed butter. Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut the butter into the dry ingredients until the mix looks like course meal.
Add the chopped jalapeno and the lime zest and mix well.
Add the buttermilk stirring to form the dough.
At the end of 4 hours or 8 hours of the cooking time for the beans, add the dumplings.  Drop a 1/4 cup dipper of the dough on top of the beans.
Replace the lid and cook for 1 more hour on high.
Serve the dumplings on top of the bean stew and garnish with cilantro or green onions.
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Slow Cooker Pinto Bean Stew with Corn Bread Dumplings at Miz Helen's Country Cottage

There is something very special about sharing a simple meal with family and friends. This is a simple but special bowl of stew with dumplings that your family and friends will want again. Thanks so much for stopping by to share some of this awesome stew with us today. Hope you have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
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  1. It looks delicious. WHY did I never think of making cornbread dumplings? I am going to make that today ! No changes! Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. This is a great dish! And the idea of cornbread Dumplings is simply awesome
    I'm hungry now!

  3. Miz Helen, this is my kind of Fall meal! The flavors sound so tasty. I've never seen the cornbread dumplings. Have to try this one.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  4. Yum! What a great dish, I love the idea of cornbread dumplings!

  5. Oh wow! This reminds me of my Mom. She was so southern and pinto beans and corn bread was one of her favorite things!

  6. Do you know that I have never in my life made dumplings? These look so good, though, that I think I need to change that.

  7. This looks like the perfect dish to make for my Bunco ladies when they will all be at my house in Nov.Thanks so much for the recipe....xo

  8. Looks delicious! I am pinning this to try later.

  9. Yum! This looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. Thank you for being a part of our party! I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. We love partying with you! Lou Lou Girls

  10. I love pinto beans, this stew looks wonderful, especially with those dumplings on top! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

  11. Love this comforting and delicious dish, Miz Helen! And those corn bread dumplings look amazing! I know my family will love this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it with us at the Hearth and Soul Hop.


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