southwestern succotash

by Amy on 8 March 2011

we had another family dinner this past sunday + the main course was southwestern-inspired chicken skewers with black beans + rice. they asked us to bring some sort of vegetable, + succotash immediately came to mind. not only is it delicious + healthy, but i also knew it would add some lovely color to the plate.

while the original recipe didn’t call for the cayenne pepper or chile powder, i added them for an additional southwestern twist + a little heat. since i was making this for a group, i kept the spicy factor low. however, if i was just making it for us two, i’d probably up the cayenne to 1/2 teaspoon or more, as the heat adds a nice dimension to the already wonderful flavors of the dish. plus you know i love everything spicy!

if you make this, make sure you have enough for leftovers. the following day, i tossed some of it with whole wheat pasta, olive oil, + parmesan cheese + it was a delicious lunch. it would also be great addition to your morning omelet, perhaps with some cajun-spiced skillet potatoes. the possibilities are endless!

southwestern succotash

makes about 6-8 servings, adapted from bon appetit


1 10-ounce bag frozen lima beans
1 10-ounce bag frozen sweet white or yellow corn
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/2 onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 poblano chile, seeded, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or more if you want more heat)
1/4 teaspoon chile powder
1/2 cup low-salt chicken broth
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
kosher salt + fresh black pepper to taste


cook lima beans in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender, about 6 minutes. remove from heat. stir in corn. drain well.

heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. add cumin seeds + stir until toasted, about 3 minutes. add onion + sauté until translucent, about 8 minutes. add bell peppers, chilies, garlic, oregano, cayenne pepper + chile powder; sauté until peppers are almost tender, about 3 minutes. add in zucchini + squash + saute for another 3 minutes. stir in lima beans + corn, then broth. simmer until vegetables are tender, about 20 minutes. stir in half the cilantro. season to taste with salt + pepper.

transfer succotash to serving bowl; sprinkle with remaining cilantro.

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1 jessica March 8, 2011 at 3:02 pm

I love a good succotash. You’re so right – yummy and such pretty colors. Liking the southwestern twist!

2 amy March 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm

thanks, girl! + you’ll be happy to know that it seemed to get the kiddo stamp of approval as well, which is always a good thing. =)

3 Vivek March 9, 2011 at 2:36 am

This makes me long for those warm summer days where you can have some BBQ chicken and some succotash!

I def agree with keeping it a little spicy!

4 amy March 9, 2011 at 9:39 am

yes! we actually grilled chicken that night (despite the fact that it was awfully cold outside) which was the inspiration for succotash. grilled chicken + succotash = perfect combination. it makes me long for summer, too!

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