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Southwestern Spiced Chicken & Black Bean Stew

Servings: four to six.

It’s well worth the effort to find a dried chipotle, which gives the broth a wonderful smoky spice. To make fried tortilla strips, cut corn or flour tortillas into long strips and fry in 350°F oil until they start to brown, about 2 minutes.


  • 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 thick slices bacon
  • 6 skinless, bone-in chicken thighs (about 2-1/4 lb.), large pieces of fat trimmed
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely diced
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3/4 cup beer
  • 1 can (15-1/2 oz.) black beans, rinsed (about 2 cups)
  • 1 dried chipotle (optional)
  • 2 cups homemade or low-salt canned chicken broth; more if needed
  • 3 Tbs. chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime
  • Sour cream for garnish
  • Fried tortilla strips (optional)

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on six servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 350
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 180
  • Fat (g): 20
  • Saturated Fat (g): 6
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 3
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 10
  • Cholesterol (mg): 70
  • Sodium (mg): 390
  • Carbohydrates (g): 20
  • Fiber (g): 6
  • Protein (g): 22


  • Heat the oil in a large Dutch oven or heavy pot over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until it renders much of its fat and crisps slightly, about 7 min. Transfer the bacon to a plate lined with paper towels. Season the chicken well with salt and pepper. Add half of the thighs to the pan and brown them well on both sides, 2 to 3 min. per side. Transfer to a plate. Brown the remaining thighs and reserve with the rest.
  • There should be 2 to 3 Tbs. fat left in the pan; if there’s more, spoon out and discard the excess. Add the onion and bell pepper, season well with salt, and cook, stirring often, until the onion softens and caramelizes slightly, about 7 min. Raise the heat to high, add the chili powder and cumin, and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Add the beer and cook until it’s almost completely reduced, about 3 min. Add the beans, the chipotle (if using), and the chicken broth. When the mixture comes to a boil, adjust the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for 5 min. Transfer 2 cups of the beans and broth (but not the chipotle) to a blender, purée, and then mix it back into the rest of the broth.
  • Return the thighs to the pot, cover with the lid slightly ajar, and simmer until the chicken is cooked through (check by slicing through the bottom of one of the thighs to the bone), about 30 min. If the stew is too thick, thin it with more chicken broth. Discard the chipotle. Crumble the reserved bacon. Juice one half of the lime; cut the other half into wedges. Stir the bacon, lime juice, and 2 Tbs. of the cilantro into the stew and season well with salt and pepper. Serve immediately, ladling some of the beans and chicken into each bowl. Sprinkle each serving with the remaining cilantro and a small dollop of sour cream. Serve with the lime wedges and fried tortilla strips, if you like.


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Reviews (16 reviews)

  • Tinsley204 | 06/27/2020

    We make this stew all the time and double it because we need to eat multiple bowls. It is so good! My husband actually learned the recipe. :) Tony Rosenfeld rules!

  • MDHWi | 03/31/2020

    We've been making this recipe as is or with dried beans for years. It is one of our go-to favorites. The dried chipotle adds a lot of flavor. The lime, tortilla strips, and sour cream are essential. Sometimes we add a little chopped avocado on top or have with a grapefruit and avocado salad on the side. Sometimes I sprinkle a little kosher salt on the tortilla strips while they're draining on paper towels and still hot. Yummy recipe!

  • Latinlaydie | 04/29/2019

    Great recipe! I made it as written except using boneless and skinless thighs and also shred it. I also used a potato masher to mash some beans in the pot w/o the chipotle of course. I did not see much of a difference between using the blender and by hand. Also, I did double the amount of cumin and I also used smoked chipotle powder which made the stew much more smokier tasting and so worth it !!!!

  • RDU | 10/03/2018

    Great flavor! It had a lot of sauce so I served it over rice.

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