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Curtis Stone's Mexican-style veggie stew

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For an easy, meat-free dinner, you can't go past Curtis Stone's Mexican-style veggie stew. Full of delicious warming flavours, it will be your new go-to dish in the cooler months.

  • Serves8
  • Cook time45 minutes
  • Prep time15 minutes
Curtis Stone's Mexican-style veggie stew


  • 1 bunch coriander
  • 1/4 cup (60ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 poblano chilli, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 400g can crushed tomatoes
  • 300g jar tomato salsa
  • 8 cups (2L) salt-reduced vegetable stock
  • 400g baby Carisma potatoes or baby white potatoes, quartered
  • 3 cups (250g) thickly sliced green cabbage
  • 1 bunch kale, tough stems removed, leaves torn
  • 1/2 head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 zucchini, cut into 2cm rounds
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Vegetable oil, to shallow-fry
  • 8 corn tortillas

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  1. Step 1

    Using kitchen string, tie thick stems at base of coriander and separate from the tender stems. Chop the tender stems and leaves.
  2. Step 2

    Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and chilli and cook, stirring frequently, for 5 mins or until just tender. Add the garlic and cook for 1 min. Stir in the tomatoes, salsa, stock, 2 cups (500ml) water, tied coriander stems, potatoes, cabbage, kale, cauliflower and zucchini. Bring to the boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer. Cook, partially covered, for 35 mins or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chopped coriander and lime juice. Remove and discard coriander stems.
  3. Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a medium frying pan, add enough vegetable oil to come 1cm up the side of the pan. Heat to 75°C over medium heat (when oil is ready, a small piece of tortilla sizzles as soon as it hits the oil). Add 1 tortilla and cook, turning once, for 1-2 mins each side or until golden and crispy. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Sprinkle with salt. Repeat with remaining tortillas.
  4. Step 4

    Divide vegetable mixture among serving bowls. Serve with tortillas.

Recipe tip

Serve with sliced avocado and coriander sprigs.

Waste wise: You can add a variety of veggies in this stew. Corn kernels or a few cherry tomatoes can be added, or you can use any chillies and capsicums you like.

Nutrition Information

Per Serve

Energy: 1413kJ/338 Cals (16%)

Protein: 8g (16%)

Fat: 16g (23%)

Sat fat: 2g (8%)

Carb: 36g (12%)

Sugar: 9g (10%)

Fibre: 18g (27%)

Sodium: 1091mg (55%)