Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Fava Bean and Green Chile Succotash

Fava beans are in season now, and I've been playing around with different recipes featuring them to see if I could really present them in a way that I like.  They are big and meaty, and that tends to turn me off when it comes to beans.  But, I wasn't giving up, and I came up with something that I really like, and I hope you will too.  It's my version of succotash, and even though I wanted to dump a can of tomatoes in the dish - because tomatoes makes everything taste better - G had been eating tomatoes for days and wanted a break.  Can you believe him?  Anyhow, I was skeptical that I would like fava beans without tomatoes around, but this is a very flavorful dish, and the green chiles add just the slightest punch.  Served over quinoa, it makes for a complete meal.

Fava Bean and Green Chile Succotash


1 Tbs. olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 head garlic, chopped
2 carrots, sliced
4 stalks celery, sliced
1 - 12 to 15oz. can of corn, drained
1 - 4.5 oz. can chopped green chiles
1 cup shelled fava beans
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup quinoa, prepare according to package directions


In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion, garlic, carrots and celery, and cook for about ten minutes, until they are fork tender, stirring occasionally.  Add the corn, green chiles, fava beans and seasonings, and cook for another ten minutes, until beans are softened, and everything is cooked through, stirring occasionally.  Serve over quinoa.  Surprisingly tasty!  Feeds five hungry vegans.


  1. I love fava beans but I've never cooked fresh ones because I worry about how hard it is to remove the outer layer of each bean. So, is it hard?

  2. i love fava beans!! so nutritious and delicious!! thanks for sharing! looks yummy!

  3. Very interesting! I've only had succotash with lima beans and never with tomatoes. maybe tomatillos would work well with this too? Keep with the green, and work well with the chiles? I would like to play around with this recipe...but first I'll have to keep an eye out for favas!

  4. Andrea, I just released them from their pods. I didn't remove any outer layer from the individual beans, and they tasted fine.

    GFHT, you're welcome!

    FF, yeah, I'm not necessarily recommending tomatoes in it; I just really wanted to add them. It tasted great without them. I found fava beans at the farmer's market.

  5. Yum! In regard to what Andrea said, I actually like to remove the outer layer (unless they are small and the skin is really tender!!!), so there is less 'gas' around the house from the boys :-). As a plus the colour green is so appealing a beautiful! Taking the outer layers out is very easy but it does take time!!


  6. I'd heard the key to fresh Fava Beans is to have free labor (kids) do the shelling for you. Since I don't have any of those, not sure if I'd attempt making Favas.

  7. Alessandra, I really had no idea there was an outer layer. The beans that we eat are completely edible. I guess I'll have to look much closer next time.

    SV, can't you train Chicky to earn his keep somehow by doing a few chores?

  8. I made a salad of leftovers this week and thought of you. I used leftover white rice, curry coucous, beans left from a 2 bean salad and green onions. Dressed it with cesear salad dressing. It was great! You would have to change out the dressing. It was hearty and filling.

  9. I had no idea succotash was a dish. It's something a cartoon character, I can't remember which one, would always say.

  10. Lynette, oh, you're so close! The salad sounds delicious by the way. :-)

    Nellie, Sufferin' Succotash, don't you know it's Sylvester the cat?

  11. It looks so yummy...too bad I cannot eat corn...but I bet it was delicious.