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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Bumblebee Stew

This is simpler than simple, and always is a big hit.  When we went to a restaurant chain called J. Gumbo's and had this stew, we liked it so much that we tried to figure out how they did it.  This is our best approximation of how they make Bumblebee Stew.  If a vegan version is desired, cut the amount of butter down a bit, substituting with a vegan butter, and use plain rice milk in the tomato soup.


1 large yellow onion, diced
2 sticks salted sweet cream butter
1 small package frozen corn
2 cans black beans, rinsed
2 cans diced tomatoes, strained
2 cans Campbell's tomato soup, constituted with milk
Rice, 1-2 cups dry


Sauté the diced onion in the butter.  Add corn and sauté 3-4 more minutes.  Add the prepared tomato soup, and then add the beans and tomatoes.

Prepare the rice according to the package instructions.

Serve in a bowl with one big scoop of rice on bottom and the stew on top.  Garnish with fresh sliced green onion and cornbread sticks or the bread of your choice.


  1. Thanks I've been searching the web for over an hour searching for a variation or copy cat of the recipe.

  2. Two STICKS of butter? Are you sure? Thanks for posting this, I've been wanting this recipe.

  3. I used 3 T butter and it turned out just fine. I also added some cayenne pepper because the J. Gumbo's stew had a bit of heat.

  4. I used 1/2 stick butter, stewed tomatoes instead of diced and 1tsp Old Bay Seafood Boil spice. The Old Bay gave it a little kick.

  5. Sorry but i don't think this is anything like j gumbo's bumblebee stew.

  6. well crud.... Here i thought i found a nice low fat thing for my low cholestol diet and now i find out i just ate a stick of butter.

    was delicious tho..

  7. What makes it sweet because this stew has a bit of a sweetness to it that I ate at J.Gumbo? How close to the original does this recipe taste like it?

  8. You have to add Honey - hence the "Bumblebee" part of the soup.

    Add 4 tbsp (or more if you like it sweeter).

    I also bought some Blue Cheese crumbles. Taste just like the dip/soup they made. First time I went there on a whim (and I love Cajun food). I ate this all

    1. at what point in the process do you add the honey?

    2. You don't have to add honey at all. The yellow corn and black beans make it LOOK like bumblebees.

  9. And yes, it's really 2 sticks of butter.

  10. You do not have to serve it on rice, either. It is just fine alone.