When I pull out the dutch oven, you know it’s something special. Considering the fact that it,s permanently housed on the top shelf in my kitchen and I am vertically challenged, you best believe if I’m dragging out the stepping stool , things are about to get serious. Making this hearty potatoes and pinto beans stew is one of those moments.
There are some priced kitchen items that I will literally shed tears if they get injured ( yea if THEY got injured, not me) and my Le cruset dutch oven is one of those. This was a XX th birthday gift from my husband and mother-in-law and its definitely going to do its fare share of work in the kitchen. One of those items I window shopped for at Sur La Table and kept bringing it up with my husband. They both chipped in et Voila!!!! I get to put it to use, making the most amazing, velvety , melt in you mouth potatoes and pinto bean stew. What I love about this is , I can go from stove top to oven and not even have to switch pots. Bye bye to saute and transfer to oven safe pot. We’re saving time annnnnnd I have less pots to clean. Most importantly, I “lock in the flavor”, get better temperature control and in this case, get to enjoy this hearty bowl of buttery Potatoes and pinto beans stew cooked with lots of spices and fresh herbs.
A few things to note with this recipe , you can add spinach after adding in the potatoes or right after it comes out of the oven. This can obviously be made with any oven safe dish. Just make sure it can be tightly sealed. It was also very mild, I wasn’t going for spicy but you can definitely add more habaneros if you’re craving some heat. Last but not the least, any beans can be used here. Idaho or Yukon potatoes work best.
Hope you get to make and share a bowl with family and friends. We sure did enjoy this dish and hope you do too