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Stirring the Pot: Food for Debate Night
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Stirring the Pot: Food for Debate Night

Prep Time: About 10 minutes

Cook Time: 15 - 20 minutes

The first two rounds of the 2016 presidential debate have proven to be immensely entertaining and even shocking at times. The notoriety of this electoral battle has garnered views from across the globe, making it the most watched election in history. Donald Trump, the self-professed new politician, and Hillary Clinton, the seasoned political candidate appear to share neither principles, beliefs nor perspectives on American policy. However divided these opponents are, Americans should feel unified, despite of political differences. The most harmonious (and delicious) way to do this I believe is through the magic of food. In the spirit of unity and inspired by the cuisine of Las Vegas, maybe it’s time to put aside the squabbling and join together to eat a kindly prepared dish.

In the early days of the gold rush, Nevada was settled by Basques from South America. With them they brought hearty and spicy dishes. Although many dishes were prepared with meat there is no reason that they cannot be substituted with nutritious legumes and vegan chorizo. I can’t imagine a more substantial meal than a Basque inspired stew. Bryanna Clark Grogan's Basque-style red bean stew with vegan chorizo is ideal for fall, and its red-hot spice is sure to complement the final heated debate. 


  • 2 tablespoons dark sesame oil  
  • 1 large onion, chopped or thinly sliced  
  • 2 medium green bell peppers, seeded and sliced  
  • 2 cans (19 oz.) (or 4 cups cooked) small red beans (or substitute pinto or Romano beans), rinsed and drained 
  • 2 cups rich vegetarian broth (preferably made with Better Than Bouillon No-Chicken Vegan Broth Base)
  • 3 Field Roast Chipotle Vegan Sausages or other vegan chorizo, in 1-inch pieces  
  • OPTIONAL: liquid smoke  
  • 1 tsp Spanish smoked paprika (pimentón), hot or sweet (the Field Roast Sausages makes the stew quite spicy-hot, so you may want to use the sweet variety)


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy pot over high heat. 
  2. Add the onions and peppers and lower the heat to medium high.  Stir-cook until the onions are soft. (Alternatively, you can microwave the onions and peppers in a covered microwave-safe casserole for about 6 minutes, or until soft.)
  3. Mix the softened onions and peppers in the heavy pot with the beans, broth, sausage pieces, a few shakes of liquid smoke, and the smoked paprika. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down and simmer, covered, for about 15 minutes or until the stew has thickened a bit. 
  4. Serve with crusty bread, rice or cornbread.
  5. Grab a republican, democrat or uncommitted and enjoy in peace.

Don’t forget the martinis!

The last round of the debate airs on Wednesday October 19th at the University of Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check your local listings.


Photo Credit: Flickr Creative Commons

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    What a great way to bring peace to such a tense (and entertaining) event. Thanks for sharing Bryanna's recipe here. Perfect for debate night, for sure.


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