Slow Cooker Indian Stew

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This is a great stew to make when you don’t have time to cook. Just throw everything in the slow cooker and come home hours later to a comforting meal that is full of flavor. Tip: Any type of bean will work in this recipe. I use a 6½ quart slow cooker. If you have a smaller version of this appliance, simply cut the ingredients in half.

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Slow Cooker Indian Stew

Slow Cooker Indian Stew

Yield: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1 cup | Calories: 428 | Total Fat:3.4 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 344 mg | Carbohydrates: 78 g | Dietary Fiber: 20.1 g | Sugars: 11.1 g | Protein: 24.8 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 5 |


  • 1½ cups cooked or canned garbanzo beans
  • 1½ cups cooked or canned black beans|
  • 1½ cups cooked or canned red kidney beans
  • 2 onions
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium sweet potato
  • 1 medium head cauliflower
  • 2 cups canned no-salt added diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups canned no-salt added tomato sauce
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1½ cups full-fat canned coconut milk|
  • Fresh cilantro
  • 2 limes
  • 1 tesapoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper


  1. 1. Rinse and drain garbanzo beans, black beans, and kidney beans. Transfer to a 6½ quart slow cooker.
  2. 2. Chop onions and mince garlic.
  3. 3. Peel sweet potato and chop into large chunks.
  4. 4. Wash cauliflower and divide into florets.
  5. 5. Transfer onions, garlic, potato, and cauliflower to slow cooker.
  6. 6. Stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, allspice, cumin, turmeric, chili powder, ginger, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours. Stir in coconut milk.
  7. 7. Just before serving, pull leaves from cilantro and chop. Cut limes into wedges.
  8. 8. Serve stew hot with cilantro and lime wedges.

8 Servings

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5 Comments on "Slow Cooker Indian Stew"

  1. karyn  September 20, 2012

    Nutrition info?

    • Skinny Ms.  September 21, 2012

      Karyn, This recipe was submitted by a guest contributor and data was not included.

  2. Ron  October 16, 2012

    Using the listed ingredients the whole thing is about 2500 calories. As it is, this recipe is 59% carbohydrate, 10% protein, and 31% fat (fat is mostly from the coconut milk). If you added a pound of lien protein such as chicken it would be more balanced as an entree and would easily serve 6-8 people at 450-600 cal per serving.

  3. Skinny Ms.  October 17, 2012

    Ron, Thanks for the feedback…we appreciate it!

  4. Lynn Williams Ryan  August 19, 2013

    I would add chicken or turkey I think – sounds delicious!!


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