Pinto Bean, Steak & Dumpling Soup & {A Bush's Beans Giveaway}

Back in October I was invited to be a part of a Bush's Beans Culinary Event at the Paws Up Resort in Montana. Sadly I was unable to attend the event, but the rest of Team Bean - Kristen, Katie, Cheryl, Sandy, Aggie, Amy and Laura as well as the wonderful PR Team all went. Even though I couldn't actually be at the event I was still able to connect and keep up through Twitter and Face book.

At the Culinary Event Team Bean got to prepare a few seasonal inspired bean dishes with the wonderful and talented Jeffrey Saad & Connie Gutterson. I have had two opportunity to work with Jeffrey and Connie and both of them are equally inspiring. They really know how to get your creative juices flowing.

Photo credit: Crackle Photography

I love these events because no question is silly or crazy. We have so much fun and everyone feels so comfortable working together in the kitchen. I can honestly say I learn something new every time I attend. The best part is that we get to sit down together family style and enjoy all the dishes that we prepared together. I think that's my favorite part of the whole event.

LinkAll of the dishes that were prepared at the Culinary Event looked equally delicious, but this Pinto Bean, Steak & Dumpling Soup really caught my eye. With winter upon us there is nothing more comforting than a nice hot bowl of soup.My favorite soups are thick hearty ones and this one doesn't disappoint.

This soup is packed full of steak, pinto beans, corn dumplings and a tasty broth packed full of spices and flavor (Full Recipe Below. Jeffrey recommends slicing the steak into bite sized pieces, showering with an even coating of kosher salt before and then searing the meat. Searing the meat before adding it to the soup adds so much more flavor.

I don't want to leave out any of the other dishes that were prepared at the event, so I have included links below for the following recipes. Calabrian Style Chicken With Beans, Wild Mushroom and White Bean Tart pictured above with Connie. And the Cumin Chicken With Black Bean Stuffing which I have heard was fabulous. While you're at the Bush's Website don't forget to browse around because they have Quick and Easy recipes, Seasonal Sensations and Kid Friendly Bean recipes. I'm sure you will find something you will like.

I also wanted y'all to get a little bean inspired, so how about a Giveaway!!! The nice folks over at Bush's were gracious enough to give one of my lucky readers a chance to win a great prize pack below.
Prize Pack Includes the Following Items - Contest Closed

Staub Grill Pan • Apron • Silpat • Bean Strainer • Recipes made at the event
Various Spices to make recipes • Coupons for Free Cans of Bush’s Beans.

Contest is now Closed!!!
Winner of the Bush's Beans Prize Pack is Wendy Bowman!!!

Contest Rules: For your chance to win this wonderful Gift Pack just leave a comment telling me your favorite recipe using beans (mandatory entry). You have until Sunday, December 11th at 5:00 PM (CST) to enter.

One winner with will be selected using Winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected. Contest open to US Residents only due to shipping charges. Good Luck to everyone who enters. I have also included the delicious soup recipe below.

Please leave a valid email address in your comment, so I am able to contact you in the event that you're the winner.

Pinto Bean, Steak & Dumpling Soup

1 - teaspoon canola oil
½ - cup corn kernels (about 1 cob)
¼ - cup milk
4 - tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces
½ - teaspoon baking powder
¼ - teaspoon kosher salt
½ - cup cornmeal
1 - cup all-purpose flour

For Steak:
1 - 12-14 ounce rib eye steak, cut into ½-inch pieces
Salt and pepper
2 - teaspoons canola oil

For Soup:
1 - white onion, sliced
2 - cloves garlic, chopped
1 - tablespoon chile powder or 2 dried red guajillo chiles
1 - tablespoon chile powder or 2 dried red ancho chiles
½ - teaspoon cumin seed or powder
1 - quart beef broth
2 - cups water
¾ - cup canned tomato puree
1 - can (16 ounces) BUSH’S Pinto Beans, drained and rinsed
¼ - cup lime juice
½ - teaspoon kosher salt
¼ - cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Dumplings: In medium-sized pot over medium-high heat pour 1 teaspoon canola oil. Once hot, add corn. Stir and cook until golden, about 3 minutes. Pour in milk and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 1 minute. Turn off stove, set aside to cool.

Place butter, baking powder and salt in medium bowl; allow mixture to rise to room temperature. Then use the paddle attachment for an electric mixer or hand mixer to whip.
Add cooled corn/milk mixture to bowl and blend with butter, baking powder and salt mix. Using mixer on slow speed, gradually add cornmeal and flour until mixture forms into dough, about 3 minutes.

Remove dough from mixer, place on clean counter. Knead dough until soft, should not be sticky or dry. Wrap dough in plastic and place in refrigerator. For Steak: Season steak with salt and pepper, to taste.

Place a wide pot over medium heat; add 2 teaspoons of canola oil. Once a haze begins to rise from the pot, use tongs to carefully place steak into pot. Sauté until deep golden brown. Using tongs remove steak, set aside on a plate to cool.

Soup: Keep stove on. Place onions, garlic, chiles and cumin in the same pot used for the steak, stir occasionally for 5 minutes or until ingredients are golden brown. Pour in beef broth, water and tomato puree, bring to a boil. Cover pot with lid, turn heat down and simmer for 20 minutes. Turn stove off, set aside to cool.

Pour cooled soup base into a blender, puree ingredients until smooth. Once smooth, pour soup base back into pot, add pinto beans. Set aside. Remove dumpling dough from refrigerator, unwrap plastic. Pull off large marble-sized pieces. One at a time, hold dough piece in the palm of your hand and use your thumb to press dough into a boat shape.

Once all are done, bring soup base to a simmer and then place dumplings into pot. Cover with lid, cook for 10 minutes. Add steak, lime juice, salt and dumplings to pot and bring soup to a boil. Turn off stove.Ladle soup into bowls; serve even amounts of steak, beans and dumplings. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Preparation time: 30 minute(s)
Cooking time: 45 minute(s)
Number of servings (yield): 6

Pinto Bean, Steak & Dumpling Soup created for BUSH’S® Beans exclusively by Chef Jeffrey Saad, culinary expert and television host of numerous food-and cooking-related shows.

Disclosure: Bush's had provided me with one gift pack to give away to one of my readers. All comments and opinions stated above are my own. I would like to thank Bush's Beans for sponsoring this giveaway.



seaglassmama said…
Baked beans on buttered toast! YUM!!!
Kathy Eyre said…
Bean soup with sausage!
#1SAHM said…
I love sausage and beans (rice, polish sausage and beans w/a tomato sauce)...yum!
jezinthekitchen said…
My very favorite bean dish is calico baked beans - love all those colors and flavors together!
eventersmom said…
I love old fashioned lentil soup! Can't get through the winter without it.
Wilma said…
I love white bean chili!
Mom24 said…
Southwestern Grilled Chicken Salads
agarner723 said…
Good ol' fashioned brown sugar baked beans, loaded with hot dogs! Then scoop that up with potato chips. I'm hungry.
DB said…
Taco Soup with both pinto beans and blacks beans.
Michelle said…
Taco salad with black beans.
annie said…
Packed Chili: with 3lb. of ground venison, 1lb. mild sausage, 1lb.roll of chili, 3lb. 80/20 ground chuck, browned,and drained; a bottle of chili sauce, 2 chopped diced onions, 2 chopped diced green peppers, a can of drained crushed pineapple; paprika, cumin, yellow mustard, brown sugar, and red pepper flakes to taste, and simmered at least 2hr. Add in cans of beans: 1 navy, 1 pinto, and 1 red kidney. Simmer another hr. on low. It feeds a troup of hungry Boy Scouts!
Coleens Recipes said…
What a neat give-away!! We eat a lot of crockpot beans, especially in the winter. My all time favorite is bean and ham soup...yummmm!!!
VicB said…
Chili , yum yum
Anonymous said…
pinto beans and cornbread !!!! winter time staple ;o)
CrazyGran said…
Taco Soup.....It takes three cans of pinto beans and two cans of kidney beans (plus several other ingredients)....and....of course....I always use Bush beans!
Unknown said…
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Aaron said…
Sausage red beans and rice.
cmcfadden said…
I like the spicy chili recipe I got from Pennies on a Platter. YUM. It's something my whole family enjoys!

(Not sure how to
Lea Ann said…
chili, taco soup, taco salad. Too many to name just one.
Lea Ann said…
chili, taco soup, taco salad. Too many to name just one.
vegetarian BBQ-style baked beans
Lisa said…
Cuban black beans and rice! Yummm!
I love chili! The beans add a nice texture. I'm also a big fan of hummus. Yummy!
fourkidsmom said…
Four bean soup with ham. So good and creamy.
tbrown at barlingar dot com
mzzterry said…
I love beans any way you can serve them, currently I am especially fond of White Bean Chili ;)
Red beans and rice with sausage and a lot of seasoning,my Brother makes it just right.
fairyhalo said…
Baked beans with ground beef! My dad used to make it.
Anonymous said…
My favorite would have to be chili. I don't care for kidney beans but love baked beans, so that what we put in our chili!

Elizabeth T.
Mandy Bird said…
My favorite bean recipe is Chile Verde with pinto beans. Pinto are my favorite beans!
My favorite been recipe is Chicken and Ranch Style Bean Nachos. It's a recipe that I came up with in college. Open a can of ranch style beans and add a can of water into a pot. Chop up grilled chicken (Soules grilled chicken strips is good to use). Season with taco seasoning mix (to taste) or do like I do and make your own with chilli powder, cumin, cayenne pepper, and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer until the mixture is thick enough to spread on chips. We use Doritos. Top with shredded cheese, chopped tomatoes, green onions, black olives, sour cream and sprinkle with cayenne pepper. Yummy!
jengd said…
That soup sounds delish! Personally, I love Chili with beans and I'll throw in whatever is in the pantry- black, kidney, white, pinto... whatever. :)
Southern Girl said…
I love using at least three different kinds of beans when I make taco salad. I add kidney and black beans to the hamburger mixture, and then follow up with refried beans! So good and lots of protein and fiber!
keshakeke said…
I love baked beans with sausage!
My Absolute favorite Bean Recipe has to be Brazilian black bean Soup. Fiber has never tasted so good !!
S.E. Painter said…
chicken enchilada soup with black beans!
Jeanette said…
This is the best ever bean recipe!
I love that it makes such a large came from taste of home.

Chuck Wagon Beans Recipe

2 cans (28 ounces each) baked beans
3 cans (16 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans, rinsed and drained
1 pound smoked kielbasa or Polish sausage, sliced
1 jar (12 ounces) pickled jalapeno slices, drained
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup spicy brown mustard
1/4 cup steak seasoning
In a greased 6-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours or until heated through. Yield: 24 servings (2/3 cup each).

Nutrition Facts: 2/3 cup equals 229 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 17 mg cholesterol, 1,299 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, 8 g fiber, 11 g protein.
LindainStLouis said…
My favorite would have to be chili and yes, I use Bush's beans. Red beans & rice, ham & beans, my taco salad has beans and I also a type of salsa dip.

linda dash mcguire at att dot net
sharonjo said…
My favorite is Cowboy Beans, using four different kinds of beans. Thanks so much for the very generous giveaway.
sharonjo at gwtc dot net
Roxanne said…
I really enjoy Taco Soup in the wintertime. So nice and spicy (I add extra heat) along with the cooling elements of sour cream, etc. Nummy!
Sunny C said…
Navy Beans with Ham is my all time Favorite!!!
Rhonda said…
We love beans in my house! It's hard to pick one favorite. We love chili including white chili, ham & beans, taco soup, beans & dumplings. I would love to win this prize package.
Beetique said…
My favorite dish with beans is chili or taco soup. I always use Bush's beans and really like their original baked beans.
Brianna said…
I love Love beans! My favorite is black beans & deer sausage served over rice...sooo good!
Anonymous said…
I make a bean casserole, with several different beans including Bushes beans and bacon in it. Delish and would love this prize package.
Libby said…

My husband will eat the beans right out of the can, that is how much he loves them.

But I like them in soups, red beans and rice and any other recipe that has them. White chili is another good one.

Thanks for this post and good luck to everyone!

Libby said…

My husband will eat the beans right out of the can, that is how much he loves them.

But I like them in soups, red beans and rice and any other recipe that has them. White chili is another good one.

Thanks for this post and good luck to everyone!

Sara said…
Deb's Baked Beans
2 lbs. Favorite sausage
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
2 large cans Busch's original baked beans
1/2 to 3/4 c. Brown sugar
1 c. Smoky BBQ sauce
1/4 c. Maple syrup

Brown sausage with green pepper & onion; drain. Mix sausage with all remaining ingredients. Spread into a greased 9x13-inch pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Stir occasionally.
BumbleBeeLane said…
I love settler beans.Warm Blessings!~Amy
Anonymous said…

2 can (15 oz) wholle kernal corn with water.
2 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes.
2 (18 oz) tomatoe sauce
2 can (15 oz) Bush's black beans
2 can (15 oz) chile bean and meat.
1 package of taco seasoing mix (maybe more or less depending on how you like it)

combine all in a crock pot.
cook on low, for 6-8 hours.

Serve with tortilla chips or corn chips, cheese, sour cream and your favorite salsa.
Anonymous said…
We make a bean amd pasta soup that is awesome!!!
Anonymous said…
Sooo many great bean recipes! Pinto beans with cornbread; Pink beans with Puerto Rican rice and chicken; great northern beans in soup with ham or sausage...Thanks for a great giveaway!
Pip said…
chicken Santa Fe
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can black beans, drained
1 can white beans, drained
2 cups frozen corn kernels
1 16 oz jar of slasa
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
Mix the beans, corn and salsa and place in the bottom of a baking dish. Scatter cubes of cream cheese over the top. Place chicken breasts in thep an, srinkle with cheese. Bake, covered with foil, at 400 for 30-40 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
Anonymous said…
We love Chicken Chili with lots of Great Northern Beans in it.
Taleena said…
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Anonymous said…
A big pot of stew made with 3 different types of beans and kielbasa sausage, wonderful and flavorful on a cool night. Feeds a big crowd.
Anonymous said…
Chili with beans is my favorite esp in the winter served with buttered cornbread on the side!
tsgrkn at yahoo dot com
Anonymous said…
Chili for sure or beannie weenies.
Debbie said…
Texas Beans is the BEST!!!
Vicky said…
I use Bush's pinto beans in my Taco soup. Yummy!
Darrelyn Kelley said…
We love red beans & rice!
VickiT said…
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VickiT said…
I'm sorry for deleting my first comment. I'd neglected to follow your instructions about email.

My favorite is a recipe I found years ago for Baked Beans with bacon using yummy molasses. That dish is one of my most requested things when family and friends are getting together. In fact, my husband and I catered our own wedding and we made huge amounts of this recipe. I was still having people comment about how good they were over a year later.

And no matter how many times I've made that recipe, I ONLY use Bush's Beans. They are the best and I've never had mushy or glue-like baked beans which can happen.

vburr at charter dot net
Coraniaid said…
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suenndy said…
Good ol Chili and Taco soup..
Coraniaid said…
Favorite recipe using beans has to be one I found online, Spanish Moroccan Fish, over at But there's also white chicken chili, chana masala and my mom's bean soup.

my email is coraniaid(at)
connie said…
Favorite recipe with beans is Taco Soup! This recipe looks so good.
Anonymous said…
I make a yummy pasta fagoli soup with red & white beans.
becka said…
I love all kinds of beans! One of my favorites is Navy Bean Soup. We eat it with boiled potatoes, pickle relish, and chopped onion with cornbread on the side.
xenacat1 said…
I just made pasta fagioli with kidney and great northern beans yesterday! So yummy.
momof2girls said…
Black bean soup is my favorite.
I like just about anything made with beans. My all time favorite is Baked Beans with Boston Brown Bread. But we eat a lot of Chili, and Taco Soup, and Bean's with Ham and...
Linda said…
I love what we call Tucson Tuscan Bean Soup made with Bush's Cannellini Beans. My best friend who lives in Tucson made it for me in memory of the cherished time I spent in Italy. Now it's a "go-to" recipe for me.
Anonymous said…
We love beans in everything we eat! Now that winter is here we tend to make a lot of soup! Therefore, we use white beans, pintos, black, kidney, on and on and on! Love'em!!
Southrngrl72 said…
I love nothing more than beans cooked with ham and then eat that combo over rice. YUM!
susie said…
black bean and salsa chicken soup
Anonymous said…
I love a spicy chili using Red Kidney beans and Black beans and I always use Bush's beans.
corie said…
i love baked beans with hamburger brown sugar and a little bbq
Unknown said…
White Chicken chili, with sour cream, cheese and tortilla strips! Yum! I think I need to make this tonight now!
Amy said…
I love baked beans!
sherry said…
My favorite is chicken chilli made in the slow cooker.
My favorite is just a pot full of pintos, eaten with a big hunk of cornbread!
Anonymous said…
My family loves beans. On way we love eating beans is making tacos and using half beans (pinto or black) and half meat for the filling along with the other toppings. Thanks for the chance to enter.

Andrea D.
Anonymous said…
I like to put a can of black beans in my chicken tortilla soup.
OH, this looks really good ;) :) I like beans in homemade chili :) :) It's cheap and filling and super tasty good :) :) Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Have a great day. Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California, Heather :)
OlliTrollee said…
My favorite bean recipe is probably southwest black beans with lime-cilantro rice :)
Anonymous said…
Chili with beans - my favorite food.
Linda C
Cheryl said…
a good batch of homemade hummus with garbanzo's and a fresh pita
Tina said…
Chili or Taco Salad with kidney beans!
M.j. said…
I have a recipe for a cold four bean's always a
Anonymous said…
Baked beans with brown sugar. Um

nancy huggins said…
We like any of the Bush beans and slice hot dogs and heat them mixed in the beans. my email addy is
Keeping fingers crossed :)
Anonymous said…
Definitely Chili and Taco Soup. Yummy! Bush's Beans are the best!
Erin said…
I love to make a bean salad. With several different types of beans.

Jenna Gayle said…
My favorite is definitely chili, and Bush's are the only ones I'll make it with! For real!!
Leann said…
We eat a lot of beans in this house... I love them. My favorites way to eat them is refried and in soups such as chili and Pasta Fajool.
amanyk said…
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amanyk said…
Cincinnati Chili and Taco soup are favorites in our home!
Tonia said…
I just love pintos and navy beans with a nice ham hock! the crock-pot
Kim said…
I love to make all kinds of bean dishes! Chili with different beans. Baked beans with mixed beans and also..a blackeyed pea salsa that I add black beans to. I use canned beans for all of my recipes.
Linda B said…
Our favorite has to be a big pot of pinto or great Northern beans cooked with a leftover ham bone or ham hocks! YUM! One other favorite of mine is pork and beans right out of the can with potato chips! Oh, and taco soup, baked beans...oh heck, just everything BEANS!!!
Jen S said…
Ham and beans with cornbread and honey is our family favorite :)
Sarah Lienard said…
I love pinto beans! This looks absolutely delicious, and totally comforting too. Yum!