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Bush’s Bean Inspired & Pinto Steak and Dumpling Soup recipe


photo credit:  crackle photography

A few weeks ago I mentioned a little trip I was taking with Bush’s Beans, to Paws Up Resort in Montana.  We had a Bean Inspired Culinary experience.  While in Montana, we cooked several recipes together as part of an amazing team of bloggers, chefs, PR friends and of course….Bush’s Beans.  I plan to share those recipe with you over the next few month, but today I like to share my new favorite bean soup recipe!

This was our third trip together as a team bean and I think we all agreed probably the best.  Not only because of the location, but the fact that we are all so comfortable together, like family……… that you WANT to spend time with.

I think as moms and bloggers, we all felt a little stressed up arrival, but the moment we stepped foot out of the van in Montana it was like a fresh breath of peace and tranquility.  The view at Paws Up was breath taking.  We shared lodges together, built fires, rode horses, cooked in kitchens, cooked outdoors, laughed, dined, shared and learned together. 

Warmer connections happen when you’re comfortable just being you. When you don’t have to put on a facade, pretend you are something you are not, when you can ask silly questions, you can make mistakes in the kitchen and no one laughs or judges you, and when you learn to love.

                           ~Sandy Coughlin, Reluctant Entertainer

I put together a video to capture some of our time together at Paws Up Resort.  I have to say, if you ever want a getaway that’s filled with peace and quiet in the great outdoors, but don’t want to miss any luxuries………this is your place!  I would love to go back for a little glamping.

Please excuse some of the shaky video, but it’s hard to be steady with video while you’re riding a horse!  Thanks to Crackle Photography for some of the still shots.



 If you are interested in seeing all of the pictures I took, you can head over to Flickr and view my full Bush’s Beans in Montana Set

Connie and Jeffrey, the chefs who attended with us, are so inspiring and creative in the kitchen.  I always leave with culinary juices flowing!

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This Pinto Bean Steak and Dumpling Soup recipe we cooked with Jeffrey was a favorite of mine and I can’t wait to make it for my family.

Bush’s Bean Inspired & Pinto Steak and Dumpling Soup recipe

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6

Bush’s Bean Inspired & Pinto Steak and Dumpling Soup recipe

Summary: Recipe created for BUSH’S® Beans exclusively by Chef Jeffrey Saad, culinary expert and television host of numerous food-and cooking-related shows.


    For Dumplings:
  • 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 each 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


  1. For 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. For Steak: Season steak with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. 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.
  7. For 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.
  8. Pour cooled soup base into a blender, puree ingredients until smooth. Once smooth, pour soup base back into pot, add pinto beans. Set aside.
  9. 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.
  10. Once all are done, bring soup base to a simmer and then place dumplings into pot. Cover with lid, cook for 10 minutes.
  11. Add steak, lime juice, salt and dumplings to pot and bring soup to a boil. Turn off stove.
  12. Ladle soup into bowls; serve even amounts of steak, beans and dumplings. Garnish with fresh cilantro.


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Thanks again, to Bush’s Beans, Paws Up and the chefs who inspire us, Connie Gutterson and Jeffrey SaadThe trip wouldn’t be the same if it wasn’t for the bloggers and their friendship I’ve made!  Together we are apart of the incredible Bush’s Beans family :  Sandy, Amy, Aggie, Katie, Kristen, Laura and Tina.

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    We always use a medley of beans. Black, Pinto, Kidney. I have to say I am definitely going to be making this recipe you shared from Bushs Beans though! Yum!

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    Wow! What a great prize! I love to make my daughter’s favorite food – we call it “beans & rice & kielbasa”. It’s basically a thick, thick black bean soup baked in the clay pot, with sliced up onions, spices & medallions of kielbasa on top. We put it all over rice to eat it.

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    I like beans and greens as a side dish or main meal with crusty bread and wine.
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    I have to be honest that I don’t cook with beans much – not sure why – kind of intimidated by them, I guess. But I did onece make a slow-cooker batch of baked beans that came out pretty good. I really should try more recipes!

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    I make a killer low-fat Cincinnati Turkey Chili. Every time I make it I change up which beans I use…black beans, light red kidney, dark read kidney, pinto. But my favorite is black beans and light red kidney. Their textures are perfect for this non-traditional chili.

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